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State Park Spotlight: Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park, located in Preston County, is home to the largest documented stand of virgin timber remaining in West Virginia. Although the park is relatively small (only 133 acres), the trees there reach as much as 90 feet tall and 16 feet in circumference. Some of the trees in Cathedral are over 400 years […]

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Wildlife Lesson at Local School

On May 16th, Friends of Blackwater visited the Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative in Thomas to talk about wildlife, in honor of Endangered Species Day. Students ranging from 3 all the way up to 12 listed and classified species, deciding which were domestic, which were wild but common, and which were wild and rare. Domestic animals […]

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Students Learn about Water Quality Sensors

Friends of Blackwater visited a high school class in Garrett County last week to help students program remote sensors that can be used to monitor water quality. These sensors will be installed along Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River, to improve Friends of Blackwater’s water quality program. Usually, monitoring water quality means getting […]

Art Reception and History Talk at the B&L

We love sharing a building with the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery, we are excited to once again be collaborating with the B&L for a reception. This time we are celebrating a new display of nature-focused artwork from Ruth Blackwell Rogers, which will be at the B&L beginning May 25th. The reception will be from 6 […]

State Park Spotlight: Beech Fork State Park

Beech Fork State Park, located in the south of the state, covers 3,144 acres in Cabell and Wayne Counties. Its most notable feature is a 720 acre lake, which was created by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 1970s and is now used for fishing and boating. The park officially opened in 1979, and […]

Cheat Fest 2019

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 […]

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State Park Spotlight: Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park, located in Fayette County, was one of the first state parks to be created in West Virginia. The bulk of the land was deeded to the state of West Virginia in 1934, for only $2 an acre. The land had already been timbered at that point, and was considered to be near […]