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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COVID-19 and Wildlife

FOB signed onto the following letter alongside other environmental protection groups to Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy  in Washington DC on March 23rd regarding the links between zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19, the trade of wildlife, and habitat destruction. As you begin to consider additional larger stimulus packages for the U.S. economy to […]

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee comment letter

Friends of Blackwater and the Center for Biological Diversity both submitted comments on the Rusty Patched Bumblebee Draft Recovery Plan created by the Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to our letter, FOB submitted nearly 300 petition signatures and comments from FOB supporters like you! Primarily, we were concerned that the Recovery Plan failed to […]

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State Parks and Recreation Endowment Fund

Friends of Blackwater is excited to support a bill that would permanently fund State Parks! Public lands are such a valuable part of West Virginia- they generate nearly $250 in annual economic significance, protect thousands and thousands of acres of unique and beautiful habitat, provide top notch recreational activities, preserve cultural history, and so much […]


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, […]


Calling All Research Enthusiasts

By Ashley Archer All of those animal sounds you hear when walking through a forest, like birds calling, frogs croaking, and insects chirping, are used by wildlife to communicate a variety of messages. In addition to sounds that are within the hearing range of your typical human, some wildlife species communicate in the range that […]

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Friends of Blackwater Supports Flying Squirrel Research

Thanks to many generous supporters, Friends of Blackwater is continuing to support research on “Ginny the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel, conducted by Purdue University researchers on the Monongahela National Forest. The intent of this year’s study was to humanely capture flying squirrels and fit them with radio collars, allowing researchers to then track the […]


Learn more about Endangered mussels

The Fish and Wildlife Service recently protected critical habitat for four species of Endangered mussels. Most of us assume that getting a species listed as Endangered means it will automatically be protected, but in reality it can take years for the agency to designate and protect critical habitat. In the case of these species, it […]