Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, just filed two law suits against the former Trump administration after their final attacks on the Endangered Species Act that stripped vital protections from federal lands that research indicates are necessary for endangered and threatened species conservation. The first case challenges what the Trump administration defines as “habitat,” which […]
Dangerous Project Threatening the Cheat Watershed
Send a Letter to the DEP Requesting a Public Hearing to Protect the Cheat!!
URGENT! Help Friends of Blackwater and Friends of the Cheat request a public hearing for a potentially dangerous 800 acre development in the Cheat River Watershed, along the Big Sandy and Laurel Run, two major brook trout fisheries.
The WVDEP is receiving public comments on the development's construction storm water permit. We're gathering more information on the permit application now. Help us request a public hearing by sending a letter to Sharon Mullin's to help protect these precious and fragile waterways by March 7th! Act now!
Gauley Healthy Forest Violates Federal Law
Write a letter to the Forest Service
The U.S Forest Service is currently attempting a project called the "Gauley Healthy Forest Restoration Project" under a Categorical Exclusion. This allows them to proceed without an Environmental Assessment, secretly keep the details of this project, and cut the public out of the decision making process.
The flawed scoping for this project, the location to sensitive landscapes, including the Cranberry Glades, and the proximity to the endangered Candy Darter should require the Forest Service to release an Environmental Assessment for comment. Using a Categorical Exclusion is a streamlined process aimed to eliminate the public from the decisions that are made for our public lands!
The Forest service has framed this as a forest restoration project to "improve forest stands". The reality is that they are going to harvest 3,000 acres of timber for profit. We demand that this project receives an Environmental Assessment and be opened up to the public for comment!
Write A Letter To Your Representative
New Threats to the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is a critical environmental law with a proven record of success. It has saved iconic American species from extinction, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of species listed. Unfortunately, this law is under attack from special interests who want to roll back protections. Please write to your legislators and let them know that you support the Endangered Species Act, and want them to reject any efforts to undermine it.
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A lawsuit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on January 8th seeks to reverse the Trump administration’s elimination of critical safeguards that have protected national forests from unneeded, ill-conceived and destructive logging, road building, and utility right-of-way projects. The U.S. Forest Service – under orders from President Trump to sell more publicly owned […]
Friends of Blackwater has signed onto a letter to President-Elect Biden as his team begins to address the COVID-19 public health crisis and develop an economic recovery plan, requesting the creation of long-term conservation and restoration jobs. The US can overcome this economic downturn while protecting and restoring our unique natural resources, including biodiversity, and […]
On December 28th, Friends of Blackwater and 66 signees submitted the following petition language to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, requesting an increase in protection for three WV freshwater mussel species: “The long-solid and round hickory-nut mussels are on the brink of extinction, and have been forced out of most of their habitat due […]
We are very concerned about a Forest Service plan in the works called the Upper Cheat River project. It covers 86,138-acres, nearly 10% of the entire Monongahela National Forest, and is located north of Parsons in Tucker, Barbour, and Preston Counties in the Upper Cheat River watershed. Within this project area are older growth forests, […]