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Fall Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Dates!

The Fall 2021 Newsletter is Here!

The Fall 2021 newsletter is here! Read it online by clicking the button below, or visit the newsletter archive to catch up on previous issues.
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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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FOB Demands Updates to Forest Service Climate Mitigation Plans

Friends of Blackwater has recently submitted our comments on the Federal Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans. We are opposed to there being no mentioning of old-growth forests, let alone anything about their carbon sequestering ability. Click the button below to read our comments! The Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Environment America, Larch Company, Natural […]

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Welcome Our NCCC Crew!

Friends of Blackwater was fortunate enough to receive some help from an Americorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) crew! They have been removing invasive plants along the Blackwater Rail Trail in Thomas, WV. They will be here for three weeks so if you see them around give them a friendly Tucker County welcome! With their […]

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Winter Wildlife Art Contest!

Friends of Blackwater is holding a Winter Wildlife art contest for students up to grade 12. We have a list of animals that you can choose from. The idea is to draw or paint the animals in a setting that they would be found in winter. For example, Timber Rattlesnakes spend the winter in dens […]

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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