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State Park Spotlight: Chief Logan

Chief Logan State Park is named for a leader of the Mingo tribe, who lived in the area before the Revolutionary War. The area that would eventually become the state park was first purchased by a local commission, then sold to the DNR. It opened as a state Recreation Area in 1960, and then became […]

Coke Oven Cleanup August 24th

Help Friends of Blackwater clean up the coke ovens located along the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail on Saturday, August 24th. The coke ovens, as well as the interpretive signs and benches nearby, have become overgrown with vegetation and we need to get them cleared off so that visitors can learn about these historic resources. Meet […]

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State Park Spotlight: Cass Scenic Railroad

The town of Cass, in Pocahontas County, was founded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company. That same year, construction began on a railroad that would haul timber to the lumber mill in town. For a brief period, the town boomed, and the mill at Cass processed over 1.25 billion board feet […]

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Run For It! – with Friends of Blackwater

Run For It is Tucker County’s favorite community fundraiser, and you can be part of Friends of Blackwater’s team! This year Run For It is on September 28th, and you can register online or by mail. If you want a paper entry form you can download one here. You can choose between a 2k walk […]

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We’re Hiring

As of August 10th, our current executive assistant, Kate, will be leaving Friends of Blackwater. We are looking to fill this position quickly in order to make a smooth transition. The job description is as follows: Friends of Blackwater is a small non-profit conservation organization based in Tucker County, West Virginia.  Although the organization was […]

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State Park Spotlight: Carnifex Ferry

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park sits on the edge of the Gauley River Canyon, and commemorates an important battle in the Civil War. In 1861, Union soldiers were victorious at Carnifex Ferry and forced the confederate army to retreat across the Gauley River and on towards Lewisburg. The formation of West Virginia as an independent, […]

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Friends of Blackwater Supports Flying Squirrel Research

Thanks to many generous supporters, Friends of Blackwater is continuing to support research on “Ginny the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel, conducted by Purdue University researchers on the Monongahela National Forest. The intent of this year’s study was to humanely capture flying squirrels and fit them with radio collars, allowing researchers to then track the […]

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FOB Gets Grant to Monitor Sand Run

Friends of Blackwater has received a grant from the West Virginia DEP to monitor Sand Run, a tributary of the North Fork. Sand Run meets the North Fork right on the edge of Thomas City Park, meaning that the boat docks and other riverside attractions are close to the mouth of the creek, and many […]

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Design Update on North Fork Treatment System

By Emmie Cornell The plans for the new water quality improvement system that will replace the defunct Wetland Anoxic Limestone Drain (WALD) along the North Fork have been drawn up, and once a few adjustments are made based on the Forest Service’s suggestions, construction plans can be created. This will set the timeline of the […]

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State Park Spotlight: Canaan Valley

Legend has it that Canaan Valley gets its name from an early fur trader who arrived in the valley in the 1700s and declared “Behold, the land of Canaan”, comparing the area to the biblical promised land. Many early visitors had the opposite opinion, however, in 1853, Harper’s Monthly Magazine described the area as “filled […]