Thank you, Senator Manchin, for your leadership in passing The Great American Outdoors Act!

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Blackwater Botany Volunteer Opportunities

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration

Gauley Healthy Forest Campaign

Candy Darter, a WV endangered species

Generational Perspectives on the Climate Crisis Webinar- 10/22

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We are building a circle of love and protection around the landscapes and communities that we cherish.

Friends of Blackwater works to protect and promote natural beauty, diverse creatures, unique heritage, and the outdoor recreation economy in the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands -- home to the magnificent, 10,000-acre Blackwater Canyon – West Virginia’s “Scenic Crown Jewel.”  Our professional staff and grass-roots citizen advocacy are a strong force for responsible conservation and sustainable progress in the Highlands.

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Tucker County WV Railroad Heritage Webinar Recording

Tucker County, West Virginia has a rich heritage of railroading, coal mining, and timbering. You can explore historic sites, and learn hidden stories from the past, in a one-hour live, interactive Zoom webinar with historian David Vago on a webinar that was hosted on October 29th- stay tuned for a link to the recorded webinar […]

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration Volunteering Opportunities

Friends of Blackwater was recently awarded a grant from the National Forest Foundation to begin the Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project. Today, non-native “invasive species” like autumn olive, stilt weed, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, Tartarian honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry are choking out native plants like milkweed, an essential host for migrating Monarch butterflies. This […]

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Keystone NPDES Online Public Hearing September 16th

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Mining and Reclamation, 47 School Street, Suite 301, Philippi, WV 26416, will hold an online Public Hearing from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 as result of the comments and petition signatures submitted by Friends of Blackwater and you! The conference may […]

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Beaver Creek Seep 100-2 Restoration Begins

Friends of Blackwater has some exciting news! This summer, we began the process of working with the DEP and will soon start working with an engineer to design and construct a passive treatment system in the Beaver Creek watershed to treat Seep 100-2. For the  past four years, FOB has been conducting water monitoring, testing […]

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North Fork Active Treatment Design Underway

Friends of Blackwater has entered into a contract with the engineering company BioMost to design a water treatment site that will restore the North Fork of the Blackwater Riv-er. The next step will be meetings with BioMost and DEP engineers who have designed similar treatment sites, to make sure that the design is compliant with […]


Meet Cheyenne, FOB’s New Executive Assistant!

Hi! Allow me to introduce myself to this beautiful community. My name is Cheyenne Carter. Raised outside of Elkins I have been skiing, hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and foraging in this area since I was a little girl. When it was time to go to college I left for Southern Maine Community College for […]

Friends of Blackwater

Caring and courageous people are the key to effective environmental stewardship. These people and their stories are a part of Friends of Blackwater.
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Friends of Ginny!

Purdue University scientist Elizabeth Flaherty, and her graduate student are learning important new information about the diet of "Ginny", the West Virginia Flying Squirrel.
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Blackwater Volunteers

These energetic volunteers are upgrading historic sites in the Blackwater Canyon.
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J.R. Clifford

West Virginia’s first African American attorney, who won a historic victory for equality in education. (1848-1933)
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Dr. Tom Pauley

Dr. Pauley has studied the endangered Cheat Mountain salamander for 40 years, while raising up new generations of skilled biologists. 
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Brianna All

Brianna All spent a summer deep in the Monongahela National Forest, monitoring the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.
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Save Blackwater Canyon supporters

Supporters at Cheat Fest sign a photo petition with Ginny the flying squirrel, to help save Blackwater Canyon.

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