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Carrie Williams and J.R. Clifford Were Celebrated on Oct 30 at WVU College of Law!

Carrie Williams descendants at Tucker County Courthouse in Parsons, WV

On October 30th a free public program was held at The West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown celebrated the pioneer West Virginia African American educator Carrie Williams and her lawyer John Robert "J.R." Clifford. For more information and to view pictures of th event please click here.

FOB featured in "Currents" Short Film

"Currents", a short film celebrating the dozens of volunteer watershed groups in West Virginia premiered at the West Virginia Rivers Film Festival at the Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown on October 22. Both Judy Rodd and Brandae Mullins were featured in the film. Click here to watch the trailer and the short film.

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Annie Dillard Awarded 2014 National Humanities Medal

FOB is so proud that our longtime Advisory Board member and dear friend Annie Dillard has received this award. Congratulations Annie!

To view the ceremony please click here. For more information about Annie Dillard, click here.



Blackwater Pollution Continues: Tell Governor Tomblin to Stop Pollution of WV Scenic Crown Jewel!!

Sediment from Corridor H Road Construction again impacted the River on Sunday August 16, 2015. This is the third major impact since this road work began in Tucker County. The DEP has issued 50 citations but the pollution continues. Coverage of this problem was featured in the Charleston Gazette and on Metro News. Tell Governor Tomblin to Stop the degradation of West Virginia’s Most Scenic River.

Click here to for more information and to submit your own comments to Governor Tomblin!

Dominion’s Resource Surveys and Filings fail to meet Agency Standards

The Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have filed complaints regarding Dominion’s ACP pipeline. The BLM wants the timeline for reviewing the request for a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

(FERC) extended due to lack of information from Dominion. The Forest Service wants soil surveys redone because the personnel doing the work weren’t competent and protocols weren’t met. The Army Corps hasn’t received enough information to understand the river and stream crossing requests. In addition the public is blocked from reviewing survey results because they are deemed “confidential”. Friends off Blackwater hopes to get this information with a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act request). Stay tuned!

Click here to read comments by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding stream and river crossings.

Click here to read comments by the BLM

Click here to read comments by the US Forest Service


FOB has a new office in Thomas!

Buxton Landstreet Building - former company store for Davis Coal & Coke company

Visit us at the Buxton Landstreet Gallery on the second floor and check out the arts and crafts and the Gallery below. The B&L Gallery also offers art classes. See them on facebook: Buxton& Landstreet Gallery & Studios

Calendar of Events

Thursday Night Ride at 5 Join other mountain biking enthusiasts every Thursday at Blackwater Bikes in Davis to explore local area trails. Public gathering aftewards at Stumptown Ales.

November - Every Weekend Whitegrass Crosscountry Skiing: Fall Weekend Trail Help * Plan on every November sat/sun with bridge building, glade clearing, ditch digging, downfalls, brushing, and overall tuning of the trails. We will provide lunch and follow up snacks and goodies at day’s end. Starts at 9 am yet we leave radios and directions if later on. Please email us about your plans, nice way to give back to the mountains. Please email Whitegrass about your plans.

Dec. 21 Snowshoe Discovery Tour 1 pm -A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he shares his knowledge about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.