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We’re Hiring: Executive Assistant

Our current executive assistant, Sean, has left 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 originally founded to help move […]


Mon Forest Will Reconsider Timbering Plan

In June of 2019, Friends of Blackwater, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed objections to a large-scale timbering proposal for 171,579 acres on the Monongahela National Forest located near White Sulfur Springs– called the “Panther Ridge Habitat Enhancement Project.” On November 21, 2019, the Forest Service filed their response, […]

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2020 Backcountry Film Fest

  Friends of Blackwater is again sponsoring this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, on Friday, February 21st, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Don’t miss your chance to see 2019’s most exciting winter sports films and bid on auction items donated by local businesses! This year, […]

Thank you

Thank You for Your Patagonia Donations!

We’d like to thank everyone who has given to Friends of Blackwater on the Patagonia platform these past couple of weeks. Because of you, Patagonia will be giving Friends of Blackwater an additional $1,110 match to your donations. Patagonia hit their $10,000,000 donation match limit this season; HOWEVER, if you’d still like to donate, they […]

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Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Joe Dumire for receiving the Friends of Blackwater Volunteer of the Year award! Joe has been a tremendous help with the heritage preservation work that FOB does in Tucker County. A Thomas resident, Joe knows the ins and outs of this town’s local history and worked tirelessly to help FOB curate and install […]


December 14th Open House

Save the date! Friends of Blackwater and Vandalia Heritage Foundation are hosting a Holiday Open House on December 14th from 2-4 pm at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery. Come do some local holiday shopping and learn about each of our great organizations. 10% of all purchases that day will support FOB’s work in the Allegheny […]

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We’re Hiring: Heritage VISTA Member

Are you interested in regional history, 20th Century industry, cultural heritage, and Tucker County? Great news! Friends of Blackwater is looking to bring on a new team member focused on these things! We are currently hiring a VISTA member for 2020. This position will be focused on studying and creating materials related to the industrial […]

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AML Re-authorization

In case you missed it, FOB went to Washington DC last month and had the opportunity lobby for environmental policy that we stand behind. AML Reauthorization Act, H.R.4248, which would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund, was one Act that we made sure to represent well on behalf of West Virginia. These funds […]

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Kempton Pollution Solution

On Friday November 15th, Friends of Blackwater hosted a meeting with some members of the MD DNR, Frostburg GIS Center, the MD Office of Abandoned Mine Lands, and the WV DEP Watershed Improvement Branch to discuss the Kempton Mine Pool, an underground pool of water that is fed by West Virginia surface water that leaks […]