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Say No to Upper Cheat River Project! Save Trout, Bats, & Stop Flooding!

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Aaron’s Audacious Adventures!

We have begun to release a series of articles about our Naturalist, Aaron Graham and his exploration of the Blackwater Watershed.

He has been surveying different biodiversity hotspots of the area in search of different species of plants and animals. He is an ace photographer and will post pictures of his findings in each edition!


Harris’s Checkerspot

Aaron Birding

Check Out Our 2022 State of the River Report!

Our Project Coordinator, Frank, has been working on this report for some time now and it’s finally ready! Inside you will find information about the health, recreational opportunities, unique plants & animals, and history of the Blackwater Watershed! Click here to give it a read!


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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Aaron’s Audacious Adventures #4

Despite some rainy periods, I was able to conduct two very successful butterfly surveys this week, along with plenty of good birding. On the afternoon of July 19th produced the warm sun rays finally broke through the clouds enough to aid in butterflies being on the wing. The highlight of this survey came in the […]

Aaron’s Audacious Adventures #3

This week I completed my first bird transect, that fell along the Thomas section of the Blackwater Rail Trail. July is an interesting time of the year to be out birding as you can note the breeding behavior of birds and start to see the first trickling of bird movements. In saying this, July is […]

Aaron’s Audacious Adventures #2

This week’s adventures featured the last of the bird point count surveys on the Blackwater Rail Trail. Highlights included birds that were already proving that post breeding dispersal and failed breeding movements are starting to occur. Post breeding dispersal occurs when species have finished up their nesting for the season and disperse out from their […]

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.

Purdue University researcher Liz Flaherty

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.

postage stamp of civil rights lawyer J.R. Clifford

J.R. Clifford

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

herpetologist Dr. Pauley with a snake and a turtle

Dr. Tom Pauley

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

volunteer getting ready to go monitor flying squirrels

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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