Wildlife

Friends of Blackwater works to conserve critical habitat for rare species, and to fight for policies like the Endangered Species Act which will keep West Virginia and the Highlands "wild and wonderful" for future generations.

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Welcome Our NCCC Crew!

Friends of Blackwater was fortunate enough to receive some help from an Americorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) crew! They have been removing invasive plants along the Blackwater Rail Trail in Thomas, WV. They will be here for three weeks so if you see them around give them a friendly Tucker County welcome! With their […]

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Winter Wildlife Art Contest!

Friends of Blackwater is holding a Winter Wildlife art contest for students up to grade 12. We have a list of animals that you can choose from. The idea is to draw or paint the animals in a setting that they would be found in winter. For example, Timber Rattlesnakes spend the winter in dens […]

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Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Latest Assaults on the Endangered Species Act

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 […]

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FOB Signs on to Wildlife Recovery and Public Lands Letter to Biden

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 […]

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FOB Comments on USFS Grassy Ridge Timbering Project

On October 29th, Friends of Blackwater and the Center for Biological Diversity sent comments to Mon Forest Cheat/Potomac district ranger Jon Morgan about the proposed Grassy Ridge project. FOB and the Center are primarily concerned with the proposed project’s impacts to West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (WVNFS)and their habitat. First, the project’s proposal to clear […]

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New Blackwater Botanical Restoration Project to Begin

Friends of Blackwater was recently awarded a grant from the National Forest Foundation to begin the Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project. Today, on the Blackwater Canyon Rail-Trail, non-native “invasive species” like autumn olive, stiltweed, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, and Japanese honeysuckle, and barberry are choking out native plants like milkweed, an essential host for […]