students participate in climate science education activities

Science Campers Participate in FOB Climate Science Program

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 […]

historic photo of railroad workers near Hendricks in 1923

Immigrant History Lecture a Success

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 […]

Large group of protesters holding signs that say "No Hunting in Chief Logan State Park"

Logan County Citizens Defeat Park Deer Hunt Plan

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 […]

waterfall along Blackwater Canyon rail trail


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!

historic photo of JR Clifford and other attendees of the Niagara Conference

Who was J.R. Clifford?

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 […]

a wood turtle walking across leaves

Species Spotlight: Wood Turtles

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 […]

a sign reading "no hunting in Chief Logan" at the entrance to Chief Logan State Park

State Park Hunting Controversy Continues

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 […]

group gathered around a conference table at the Forest Service office in Elkins

National Forest News

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. […]