Scientific research confirms that climate change is already having significant impacts on the climate of the Allegheny Highlands and the Blackwater Canyon.  

Severe weather events and destructive flooding are increasing. Iconic species like the brook trout and red spruce face habitat shrinkage and even extinction. Unless climate change is reined in, the cool, high-mountain ecology and economy of the Highlands are "on the chopping block." 

Also, check out the Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative Facebook page and the West Virginia Center on Climate Change's website and Facebook page

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Friends of Blackwater Goes to Washington

Friends of Blackwater staffers Sean Coffers, Emmie Cornell, and Logan Thorne recently spent a couple of days in Washington, D.C. working on water and environmental issues on both a state wide and national level. It was a productive time. Tuesday was spent with our friends at the Water Protection Network at their annual membership meeting. […]

WVU Climate Change Field Trip to the Canyon

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WVU’s interdisciplinary climate change class visited Blackwater Canyon on October 19th. Led by professor Andrea Soccorsi, these students are learning how to tackle the consequences of a changing climate in realistic and practical ways- including learning about the ecological fragility of the Allegheny Highlands. This area is known as  “a little bit of Canada”- many […]


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The Friends of Blackwater Climate Science Teacher's Manual

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