Pinnacle Rock State Park is located in Mercer County at the very southern tip of West Virginia. The park was established in 1938 when 26 acres of land were bought for the public interest by the Conservation Commission. Additional land has been purchased and added to the state park over the past decades with the […]
North Bend State Park is a lovely 2,492 acre park located in Richie County, WV, east of Parkersburg. The park was founded in 1951 and has a strong history of community involvement with many local groups actively raising funds and doing much of the work to create and designate it as state park. Groups such […]
We love state parks here in West Virginia. They’re beautiful, they’re fun, and almost all native West Virginians have fond childhood memories in them with friends and family. And while most of us only think of state parks as a source of fun recreation and a way to escape busy city and town life; state […]
As of August 10th, our current executive assistant, Kate, will be leaving Friends of Blackwater. We are looking to fill this position quickly in order to make a smooth transition. The job description is as follows: Friends of Blackwater is a small non-profit conservation organization based in Tucker County, West Virginia. Although the organization was […]
Friends of Blackwater climate consultant and WV3C Director, Logan Thorne, was recently featured in a story by Morgantown station WBOY about addressing climate change in the Mountain State. Read the entire story at: https://www.wboy.com/news/addressing-climate-change-in-west-virginia/ Special thank you to Abigail Lawhead from WBOY for putting this together!
Environmental justice and activism takes all sorts of different forms. Images of picketing and protesting and dramatic demonstrations come to mind, but realistically, environmental justice in Tucker County looks a lot more like restoring mine-scarred land and respecting our history, while still learning from past environmental mistakes. Experience Learning, an education center based out of […]
Thank you to everyone who visited us at this year’s Cheat Fest! We love participating in this annual event, which supports Friends of the Cheat’s watershed restoration work. It didn’t even rain too much this year, which is rare for Cheat Fest. While we tend to think of this event as being a chance to […]
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. […]
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 […]
Our March 2019 newsletter is now available online. Catch up on policy news and local history, learn about upcoming events, and more. Download the issue here.