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Thank you to our Earth Day volunteers!

On April 22nd, we celebrated Earth Day with a cleanup along Camp 70 road, just outside the town of Davis. This is a popular recreation area along the Blackwater River, but unfortunately a lot of use can also mean a lot of trash. We had great weather for the event, and got a lot done. […]

Visit us at Cheat Fest, May 4th

It’s that time of year again! Friends of Blackwater will once again be participating in Cheat Fest, the annual music festival fundraiser put on by Friends of the Cheat. The event takes place in Albright, along the banks of the Cheat River, and you can get more information and directions on the event website. Although […]

Visit us at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon

Friends of Blackwater will have a booth at the Canaan Valley Half-Marathon on April 28th. This is a new sporting event for the area, and we are excited to be involved. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. at Canaan Valley State Park. You can learn more at the event website. Our booth will be near the […]

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New Bill Would Permanently Fund LWCF

On April 10th, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Manchin introduced a bill to guarantee permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill, which they are naming the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act would fund this vital program at a level of $900 million. The Land and Water […]

Zero Waste Event, April 25th in Morgantown

Join the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and WVU for a free educational event April 25th in Morgantown. Climate activist and cyclist Tim Oey will be discussing his quest to ride 4500 miles to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of plastics pollution and zero waste solutions. The event will take place […]


WV Groups Oppose Bernhardt Nomination

Six West Virginia conservation groups submitted a letter to Sentor Manchin this week asking the Senator to oppose David Bernhardt’s confirmation as Secretary of the Interior. Manchin is a potential swing vote, with a prominent position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. You can read the full letter here. Friends of Blackwater, the West […]

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Friends of Blackwater Defends Endangered Species in Gazette-Mail

On March 26th, the Charleston Gazette-Mail ran a letter from Friends of Blackwater’s Director Judy Rodd, about the importance of protecting the Endangered Species Act: “The federal Endangered Species Act protects West Virginia’s “wild and wonderful” creatures. Now, proposed regulations from the Trump administration would delay protection, and make other harmful changes. Sens. Manchin and […]

Thank you!

Thank you to our donors

We’re always busy here at Friends of Blackwater, and don’t always stop to reflect on what makes the organization go – our members and donors. All of our programs, from public lands protection and watershed restoration to historic interpretation and climate education, depend on your support. Thank you! Making a donation can mean many different […]

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Watershed Projects Director Wanted

Our current Watershed Project Director, Ian Smith, is leaving the organization in April. We are looking to hire a replacement in the next month so that we can manage the transition and keep our watershed work moving forward. Position Summary:  Friends of Blackwater is a non-profit conservation organization in Tucker County, West Virginia working to […]