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“Friends of Blackwater works to protect the landscapes, natural and human communities, and heritage of the Blackwater Watershed and Canyon and to promote its sustainable economic development through public outreach, advocacy and restoration."


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.

Job Announcement

Assistant Director of Environmental Advocacy and Field Programs (part-time)

Friends of Blackwater ("FOB") is seeking to hire a part-time (30 hrs/week) assistant to the Director.  The ideal candidate has training and experience in and a passion for environmental advocacy, science, and policy.  Public speaking, writing, computer, and administrative/leadership/networking skills are required. The work is done at our office in Davis, Tucker County, WV.  Pay depends on experience. There is the potential for the job to become full-time and to lead to greater responsibility. Click here for a more detailed description and information about how to submit your resume.

New Grants Will Help Protect Blackwater:

When funders see strong grass-roots support for cleaning up the environment, then they are anxious to be partners!

Thanks to your support, Friends of Blackwater is excited to announce two new grants that will help to improve water quality on the North Fork of the Blackwater.
The Dominion Foundation has donated $25,000 to facilitate partnerships between the Forest Service, FOB and the WV DEP to remediate acid mine drainage pollution on the North Fork.  The DEP’s Non-Point Source Program has added another $10,000 to the pot. These grants will allow us to monitor water and plan new projects in the upper Blackwater Canyon.

But wait, there’s more!  We have just learned that there will be matching funding to help pay for trail work in Blackwater Canyon by the National Forest Foundation in 2015 and 2016.  We will be partnering with the Monongahela National Forest and the Allegheny Trail Association for maintenance on Canyon Rim Trail, Limerock Trail, and the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail near Thomas.  Your support is making this possible, and we appreciate it so much!


Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!



Continued sediment pollution puts Blackwater River Fishery at Risk.  Comment Now!

Sediment from Road Construction began impacting the River on Sunday August 16, 2015.  This is the third major impact.  The DEP has issued 50 citations but the pollution continues.   Tell the DEP to Stop the degradation of West Virginia’s Most Scenic River

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

DOMINION GAS PIPELINE UPDATE: Forest Service critiques Dominion Pipeline

On July 30, Tom Speaks, Forest Supervisor of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, submitted a report to Kimberly Bose, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to  “identify information and data requirements necessary for the assessment of project effects on National Forest System Lands” (including the MON) from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).”   Click here for more information

Eagles Win! 

From American Bird Conservancy 8-12-15:  Victory for eagles: We won! A federal court sided with us (and with our nation’s eagles) when it invalidated the 30-year “eagle take” rule. This federal rule would have allowed wind energy companies to harm or kill eagles for up to 30 years without prosecution. Learn more about this win for ‪#‎birds and our Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign at:


Calendar of Events

September 14 - Lecture at Book Signing by Tom Rodd, "West Virginia's Civil Rights Stories"Taylor Books, Capitol Street Charleston.

September 19 - Blackwater River Clean Up Camp 70 Road, Davis, WV For more information contact Monica at or 304-345-7663 x5 Click here for a printable flyer.

September 19 - Revenge of the Rattlesnake Bike Race click here Run by the new IMBA Chapter, Blackwater Bicycle Association

Sept 25-27 Leaf Peepers Festival, Davis, WV

September 26 “Run For it” Walk and Run (5-K) Join FOB Critters Team or Donate to Support the Team

September 26 - October 4 - Mountain State Forest Festival

Oct 1-4 Astronomy Weekend, Dark Skies at Blackwater Falls State Park Details call 304-359-5216

Oct 3 Wild Walk from Canaan Valley State Park to Blackwater Register at 800-622-4121 ext 2698 Cookout lunch

Oct 16-18 Blackwater Falls Climate Change Conference - Davis, West Virginia Info and registration at: 

Oct 30 Clifford/Carrie Williams Celebration of WV’s Black Te-acher’s, WVU Law School Morgantown WV at 7:00 PM with tour of Tucker County Black History Sites on oct 31st. Call 304-345-7663 ext. 2 or e-mail