J.R. Clifford Site Update Complete

We have completed our update of the J.R. Clifford project website. Although the content of the website has remained largely the same, we’ve fixed all of the broken links and updated the look of the site. Although those are the main changes that will be visible to the public, behind the scenes the new content […]

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Beaver Creek Watershed Based Plan

Friends of Blackwater has completed the watershed based plan for Beaver Creek, which is available here. This plan will guide our efforts to improve the water quality of Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River that joins the main-stem of the Blackwater near the town of Davis. We have submitted the plan to the […]

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Public Lands Bill Passes Senate

On February 12th, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive public lands bill, including permanent authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a popular program that has funded conservation projects around the country. In our local area, the connector trail from Blackwater Falls State Park to Davis was made possible by […]

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Film Festival Fun

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Winter Film Festival! There was more snow in the films than outside on the evening of February 7th, but we still had a great time. In addition to the film screening, we had live music by Tom Rodd, an update on our programs from Judy Rodd, and […]

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Climate Project Expansion

Following the success of the December Climate Change Issues Conference in Morgantown, we are now looking forward to expanding our climate change work. While our previous work focused on the impacts of climate change on the Allegheny Highlands, we are now thinking statewide, with a new office in Morgantown. Logan Thorne, who was instrumental in […]


J.R. Clifford Website Being Rebuilt

Our J.R. Clifford Project was founded in 2004 to highlight the history of pioneering African American attorney J.R. Clifford and other West Virginia civil rights leaders. As part of the project we put on plays, produced educational materials, and held public events. In recent years, the J.R. Clifford Project has been less active, and the […]

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Two Public Meetings Tackle Pumped Storage Issues

Despite snowy roads that kept some people stuck at home, two public meetings on the proposed Tucker County pumped storage garnered high turnout this week. The County Development Authority and Planning Commission had a number of technical questions about how the project would purchase power and generate revenue. Freedomworks is still working on making agreements […]


Gazette-Mail Covers Pumped Storage Controversy

On December 29th, the Charleston Gazette-Mail ran an article recounting the controversy that has sprung up around a pumped storage facility planned for Tucker County. The article included quotes submitted by concerned environmental organizations, including Friends of Blackwater, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. Although they were not quoted in […]

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Holiday Reception

Thank you to everyone who attended our holiday reception on December 14th! It was a great evening, with live music and lots of fun. The Buxton and Landstreet Gallery was a festive venue, and we would like to thank the Vandalia Heritage Foundation for partnering with us on this event.     We also had […]