Breaking News: Forest Service Denies Pumped Storage Permit

The developers are appealing this decision, 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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Friends of Blackwater featured at mine drainage symposium

Friends of Blackwater’s new design for remediating acid mine drainage on the North Fork will be featured at the 2019 West Virginia Mine Drainage Symposium. The symposium will take place March 26th and 27th at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown. Hedin Environmental, the engineering firm that is working on our North Fork project, will […]

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Friends of Blackwater Defends Endangered Species in Gazette-Mail

On March 26th, the Charleston Gazette-Mail ran a letter from Friends of Blackwater’s Director Judy Rodd, about the importance of protecting the Endangered Species Act: “The federal Endangered Species Act protects West Virginia’s “wild and wonderful” creatures. Now, proposed regulations from the Trump administration would delay protection, and make other harmful changes. Sens. Manchin and […]

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Thank you to our donors

We’re always busy here at Friends of Blackwater, and don’t always stop to reflect on what makes the organization go – our members and donors. All of our programs, from public lands protection and watershed restoration to historic interpretation and climate education, depend on your support. Thank you! Making a donation can mean many different […]

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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