On July 9th, 2018, more than 100 ninth-graders participated in FOB’s “Kitchen Klimate Science” programs at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The program follows a similar event in April in Tucker County at the National Youth Science Camp, for West Virginia science teachers. The Marshall program was an active learning experience– everyone was up […]
On July 1st, over 70 people packed Cottrill’s Opera House to learn about the history of immigration in Tucker County. The lecture, sponsored by Friends of Blackwater, was led by Professor Hal Gorby of West Virginia University, who has worked with his students to digitize oral history recordings from north central West Virginia, including first-hand […]
Friends of Blackwater is proud of the citizens of Logan County, West Virginia, who united to stop a proposed deer hunt in Chief Logan State Park. The WV Department of Natural Resources had announced earlier in 2018 that a hunt was needed due to overpopulation of deer in the Park, which can lead to illness […]
A new report issued by the Democratic members of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee envisions public lands and tourism as an engine for revitalizing rural America. Rural areas have lagged behind in recovering from the great recession, and rural residents have lower incomes, on average, than their urban counterparts. These challenges are also opportunities however […]
All the rain we’ve been having lately has made some great waterfalls, featured in this video. All these waterfalls are visible from the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail!
John Robert Clifford was West Virginia’s first African-American attorney, a newspaper publisher, editor and writer, a schoolteacher and principal, a civil rights pioneer, a founding member of the Niagara Movement (forerunner to the NAACP), a Civil War veteran, and a graduate of Storer College. Clifford was born in 1848, near what is now Moorefield, West […]
Take a virtual tour of the North Fork watershed with this video.
By, Steven Krichbaum (Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology) The Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) occurs from northern West Virginia and Virginia through the northeastern US into southern Canada. They are “very rare and imperiled” and a “species of greatest conservation need” in WV’s wildlife conservation strategy. Adult Wood Turtles have a brownish knobby carapace (upper […]
This year, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is expanding the hunting opportunities within state parks. Hunts will take place in 10 parks around the state – Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Chief Logan, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall Jackson, Twin Falls, and Watoga. For most parks hunting would take place over a […]
The one million acres of the Monongahela National Forest belong to our nation; here’s some recent news about your acreage: Increased Timbering Proposed The U.S. Forest Service has shared projections for future timber harvesting on the Monongahela National Forest. In 2018, 15 million board feet of timber would be cut, affecting an estimated 21,228 acres. […]