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Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!

New FOB Video Talks About the North Fork of the Blackwater River

 

Save the Date 10/16-18/15! Climate Change Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park.

Our Climate Change Initiative is proud to announce an October 16-18 2015 Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. The title of the October Conference is “Climate Change and the Highlands: Impacts, Preparedness, and Solutions.”  Conference registration opened July 1, 2015; be sure to sign up here to receive updates from the Initiative, so you can take advantage of lower-cost early registration. For more information including a partial list of speakers, please click here.

Our Climate Outreach Coordinator Brian Bellew is doing community presentations about our new Report, "On the Chopping Block – the Impacts of Climate Change on the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands."  You can read and download a copy of the Report here.

 

 

ACTION

MON NF Comment Period on New Route for Dominion Gas Pipeline Surveys has ended!

Thank you for submitting your comments!

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DOMINION GAS PIPELINE UPDATE:  Two National Forests Want "Ginny"Studied for Pipeline Impacts

Breaking news: both the Monongahela and the George Washington National Forests sent excellent scoping comments to "FERC" discussing a wide range of potential negative impacts to the rare ecology of the Forests in the region where Dominion has proposed a gas pipeline.  
“Ginny” the West Virginia flying squirrel was featured in the comments as a species that could be affected by this proposal.  

The comments said: “The current proposed study corridor includes over 2,000 acres of mapped suitable habitat for the sensitive (and recently de-listed) WV Northern Flying Squirrel . . . any crossing of Cheat Mountain-Back Allegheny Mountain would result in significant impacts to northern flying squirrel habitat.  Such impacts are inconsistent with the Forest Plan, [and] protection in the Plan was the primary justification for de-listing the species, so amending the direction to allow the impact could call the de-listing into question.”

It's great to see that "Ginny" is at the top of the radar screen for our National Forest managers.  This is happening because people like you (and us) are tirelessly working and speaking out on Ginny's behalf.  We thank everyone for your support in protecting "Ginny" and her babies!

To read the comments, please click here.

SPOTLIGHT

Calendar of Events

8/1/2015 - Water Science Workshop
Improve your water and hydrology science IQ!
Friends of Blackwater’s Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiativeis hosting a workshop on hydrology, water quality, and climate change
on Saturday, August 1 in Charleston at Asbury Methodist Church, 501 Elizabeth Street. For more information click here.