Bank of Davis National Register Meeting

The National Bank of Davis building is nominated to the National Register. The application will be reviewed by the WV Dept. of Arts, Culture & History on February 20. If that body approves the nomination then it goes on for federal approval. The required public meeting for comment will be held on January 13 at […]


Mon Forest Will Reconsider Timbering Plan

In June of 2019, Friends of Blackwater, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed objections to a large-scale timbering proposal for 171,579 acres on the Monongahela National Forest located near White Sulfur Springs– called the “Panther Ridge Habitat Enhancement Project.” On November 21, 2019, the Forest Service filed their response, […]

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2020 Backcountry Film Fest

  Friends of Blackwater is again sponsoring this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, on Friday, February 21st, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Don’t miss your chance to see 2019’s most exciting winter sports films and bid on auction items donated by local businesses! This year, […]

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Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Joe Dumire for receiving the Friends of Blackwater Volunteer of the Year award! Joe has been a tremendous help with the heritage preservation work that FOB does in Tucker County. A Thomas resident, Joe knows the ins and outs of this town’s local history and worked tirelessly to help FOB curate and install […]

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AML Re-authorization

In case you missed it, FOB went to Washington DC last month and had the opportunity lobby for environmental policy that we stand behind. AML Reauthorization Act, H.R.4248, which would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund, was one Act that we made sure to represent well on behalf of West Virginia. These funds […]

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Kempton Pollution Solution

On Friday November 15th, Friends of Blackwater hosted a meeting with some members of the MD DNR, Frostburg GIS Center, the MD Office of Abandoned Mine Lands, and the WV DEP Watershed Improvement Branch to discuss the Kempton Mine Pool, an underground pool of water that is fed by West Virginia surface water that leaks […]

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Dec 6th Holiday Fundraiser – Postponed

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR. Stay tuned for updates.   Purchase tickets here. Join us at the Thomas Education Center (324 Brown St. Thomas, WV) from 5-9 for a evening full of folk tunes, a tasty, locally sourced soup dinner and dessert, highlights from 2019, and a silent auction and raffle […]

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WVU Climate Change Field Trip to the Canyon

WVU’s interdisciplinary climate change class visited Blackwater Canyon on October 19th. Led by professor Andrea Soccorsi, these students are learning how to tackle the consequences of a changing climate in realistic and practical ways- including learning about the ecological fragility of the Allegheny Highlands. This area is known as  “a little bit of Canada”- many […]


Blackwater Rail Trail Sign Tour

Join Friends of Blackwater on Saturday, October 26th, from 2-4pm on the Blackwater Rail Trail below the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV as we embark on a 2 mile tour of the Blackwater Rail Trail, featuring Friends of Blackwater’s newly installed Rail Trail signage, the Coke Ovens, historic railroad bridges, Engine House remains, and other […]


Calling All Research Enthusiasts

By Ashley Archer All of those animal sounds you hear when walking through a forest, like birds calling, frogs croaking, and insects chirping, are used by wildlife to communicate a variety of messages. In addition to sounds that are within the hearing range of your typical human, some wildlife species communicate in the range that […]