rise for climate

Friends of Blackwater participates in “Rise for Climate”

On September 8th, events around the world highlighted the importance of addressing climate change. Friends of Blackwater attended the Morgantown Rise for Climate event, a family-friendly event that emphasized climate solutions.  The event took place in the Morgantown Farmer’s Market Pavillion, and was sponsored by the West Virginia Sierra Club, Morgantown Green Team, Mountaineers for […]

graphic with bald eagle and text that says "Protect the Endangered Species Act"

Interior Dept. Proposes Big Changes to ESA

Several major changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), proposed by the Interior Department, are open for comment from now until September 24th. These changes to internal regulations will affect everything from how threatened species are protected to how predictions about future habitat are used. One change involves the repeal of the 4D rule, which […]

performer Doug Wood as explorer Gabriel Arthur

Gabriel Arthur

On September 2nd, Friends of Blackwater is sponsoring a living history presentation focused on the early West Virginia explorer Gabriel Arthur. If you don’t know anything about this historical figure, you can catch up now. Gabriel Arthur is believed to be the first white person to see the Kanawha Valley in 1674. The previous year, […]

view from Lindy Point in autumn

Progress on Parks, LWCF, and more

We got some good news this week, as both of West Virginia’s Senators expressed their support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports outdoor recreation and conservation programs around the country, including  millions of dollars for projects right here in West Virginia. Both Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State […]

two bald eagles

Bald Eagles: An Endangered Species Act Success Story

Bald Eagles are one of America’s most iconic species. They might not be here today, if it weren’t for the Endangered Species Act. This vital law has protected many species, but the law itself now needs protection. You can send a letter to Congress asking them to maintain protections for the Endangered Species Act from […]

historian John Alexander Williams gives a talk

History Lecture Explores the Legacy of Early WV Industrialist

On August 11th, roughly 40 people gathered at Cottrill’s Opera House to learn about Henry Gassaway Davis, the pioneering businessman who named many of the towns in this area. The speaker, John Alexander Williams, is a native of White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, and has written about his home state for more than 50 […]

historic marker is unveiled in Hendricks

New Historic Marker Debuts in Hendricks

On August 4th, a small crowd gathered on the Blackwater Canyon Rail Grade in Hendricks to see a new historic marker unveiled. The marker explains the history of the railroad, once an important route for the timber and coal industries, as well as a major connection between the mountain and valley towns. The steepness of […]

graphic announcing the Stop Extinction Challenge

Stop Extinction Challenge

On August 3rd, citizens around the country are going to be participating in the Stop Extinction Challenge – reaching out to their congresspeople and urging them to protect the Endangered Species Act. If you have the time, go to your local congressional office in person, and tell them to maintain strong protections for endangered species […]