USFS Scoping: Upper Elk and Grassy Ridge

Recently, FOB had the opportunity to comment on the scoping plans for two different Forest Service land management and timbering projects, Upper Elk and Grassy Ridge. The Forest Service releases a “scoping” document prior to any environmental assessments or any other plans relating to a management project. This helps determine the size/scale of the project […]

COVID-19 and Wildlife

FOB signed onto the following letter alongside other environmental protection groups to Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy  in Washington DC on March 23rd regarding the links between zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19, the trade of wildlife, and habitat destruction. As you begin to consider additional larger stimulus packages for the U.S. economy to […]

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Heritage Open House

Our Heritage Signage Open House in Parsons, WV was a success! Thank you to all that attended this reception on Monday, March 9th, to view the newly hung miniature copies of our Blackwater Rail Trail signs in Piccolo Paula’s. Joe Dumire gave a great lecture about the local railroad industry and how it changed through […]


Keystone mining and reclamation update

Thank you for your 355 signatures and comments requesting a public meeting about the surface mining and reclamation permit #S200710! We submitted these on March 6th, along with our official comments, and have received confirmation that the DEP will hold a public hearing. Due to the concern about spreading Coronavirus, the public hearing date is […]


Underground Injection Public Hearing

The Underground Injection Public Hearing on March 5th in Parsons was a success! Over 50 concerned members of the public showed up at the Tucker Co Board of Education Gym. People came from Morgantown, Charles Town, Kingwood, Cheat Lake, and all over Tucker County. 15 of these attendees spoke up, voicing their opposition to this […]

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Blackwater Rail Trail Heritage Open House

Have you seen the historic signs that FOB installed from Thomas to Douglas along the Blackwater Rail Trail? They cover topics from coal mining to railroad operation through the Blackwater Canyon, to historic local businesses and more. Friends of Blackwater is hosting an open house and reception in Parsons, WV on March 9th from 5-7 […]

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee comment letter

Friends of Blackwater and the Center for Biological Diversity both submitted comments on the Rusty Patched Bumblebee Draft Recovery Plan created by the Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to our letter, FOB submitted nearly 300 petition signatures and comments from FOB supporters like you! Primarily, we were concerned that the Recovery Plan failed to […]


You did it! Injection Well Public Hearing

Your comments and signatures (almost 1,500!) on FOB’s injection well petition that accompanied our comments objecting to this waste disposal have led to a public hearing regarding this permit renewal. What: Public hearing concerning the permit application for UIC Permit 2D09300081 Where: Tucker County Board of Education Auxiliary Gym              100 Education Lane, Parsons, WV […]