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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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Potomac Headwaters Impacted by WV Polluted Water

The waterways and underground connections beneath our feet may not be visible to us, but they play tremendous roles in the pollution and restoration of the waterways that humans, wildlife, and plants depend upon. Late last fall, FOB met with the President of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Nancy Stoner, and Jan Carter, a retired wetland […]


Beaver Creek Stakeholders Meeting 10/5/2021

Attendees: Samantha Miller, Frank Gebhard, and Judy Rodd of Friends of Blackwater. Martin Christ and Callie Cronin of the WVDEP. Josh Saville of Downstream Strategies. Stephen Sites of West Virginia Division of Highways Kenneth Lazzaro of Dominion energy Main Topics: Friends of Blackwater, inc. Past watershed coordinators have outlined where pollution is coming from at […]

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FOB Signs on to Wildlife Recovery and Public Lands Letter to Biden

Friends of Blackwater has signed onto a letter to President-Elect Biden as his team begins to address the COVID-19 public health crisis and develop an economic recovery plan, requesting the creation of long-term conservation and restoration jobs. The US can overcome this economic downturn while protecting and restoring our unique natural resources, including biodiversity, and […]

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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