Breaking News: FERC and Forest Service Deny Pumped Storage Permit

The developers have withdrawn their application, and we will update you when more information is available

Protecting the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands
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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.  Join us!

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Upcoming Events

Connect with Friends of Blackwater at these upcoming special events

Visit us at Cheat Fest, May 4th

It’s that time of year again! Friends of Blackwater will once again be participating in Cheat Fest, the annual music festival fundraiser put on by Friends of the Cheat. The event takes place in Albright, along the banks of the Cheat River, and you can get more information and directions on the event website. Although […]

Visit us at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon

Friends of Blackwater will have a booth at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon on April 28th. This is a new sporting event for the area, and we are excited to be involved. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. at Canaan Valley State Park. You can learn more at the event website. Our booth will be near the […]

Zero Waste Event, April 25th in Morgantown

Join the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and WVU for a free educational event April 25th in Morgantown. Climate activist and cyclist Tim Oey will be discussing his quest to ride 4500 miles to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of plastics pollution and zero waste solutions. The event will take place […]

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Thank you to our Earth Day volunteers!

On April 22nd, we celebrated Earth Day with a cleanup along Camp 70 road, just outside the town of Davis. This is a popular recreation area along the Blackwater River, but unfortunately a lot of use can also mean a lot of trash. We had great weather for the event, and got a lot done. […]

Visit us at Cheat Fest, May 4th

It’s that time of year again! Friends of Blackwater will once again be participating in Cheat Fest, the annual music festival fundraiser put on by Friends of the Cheat. The event takes place in Albright, along the banks of the Cheat River, and you can get more information and directions on the event website. Although […]

Visit us at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon

Friends of Blackwater will have a booth at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon on April 28th. This is a new sporting event for the area, and we are excited to be involved. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. at Canaan Valley State Park. You can learn more at the event website. Our booth will be near the […]

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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