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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."


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


FOB Receives Award for Honoring the History and Heritage of Blackwater

On Saturday June 6, 2015 Friends of Blackwater received an award from the WV Watershed Network during its Watershed Celebration Day at Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, WV. FOB was honored for its efforts at preserving and celebrating the wonderful history of the Blackwater Region.


Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online

WVAW Grant to FOB Will Sponsor Water Workshop for Teachers Brandae Mullins of FOB receives a grant check from Jeff McIntyre of WV American Water

West Virginia American Water Company has awarded $2500 to the group Friends of Blackwater to support an August 1, 2015 "Water Workshop" in Charleston, West Virginia for schoolteachers and the general public on the science of water quality and quantity. 
The workshop will be held at Asbury Methodist Church on Elizabeth Street in Charleston.  For more information, including to register, contact Brandae Mullins at or 304-345-7663. 

For more information, please click here to read American Water's Press Release

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 will open June 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.

FOB Presents: The Beautiful Blackwater Watershed - State of the River Report I

State of the River

FOB recently completed the First Edition of the State of the Blackwater Watershed. This document was funded through a grant from the WVDEP, Nonpoint Source Program's 319 AGO Fund.

Please click here to view the document online.

To request your FREE copy, please click here.




Help Restore the Monarch Butterfly!

The Monarch Garden event on Saturday May 16th was a success. A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers who sacrificed their Saturday morning to make this garden possible and the donors who have generously given the materials needed. This could not have been done without you.

If you would like to start your own garden you can also stop by the Davis Office (M-F 9am-5pm) and pick up a packet of Milkweed seeds and instructions on how to start your own garden. Not in the area? Contact Monica at 304-345-7663 or via email at to get your seeds and packet.

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.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 18 – 21, 2015 – Canaan Valley Mountain Biking Festival, Canaan Valley, WV – For more information, please click here.

June 20, 2015, Volunteer Water Monitoring, Thomas, WV, 10am– Learn about the effects of Acid Mine Drainage along the Historical North Fork of the Blackwater River and the potential abatement of water quality issues in the watershed while enjoying a historical walk. We will be monitoring water at several locations along with taking water samples for lab analysis and conducting flow measurements. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don't mind to get dirty. You may want to pack along some water and a snack. We will meet at the Davis Office of FOB at 9:30 am. For more information please contact Monica at 304-345-7663 x5 or via email at

June 27, 2015 – 10am– Make a Play Date with a Salamander! Stream Study for Kids - Thomas City Park Pavillion, Thomas, WV –Join us for an outdoor “classroom” experience!  Children can learn about water critters and the importance of water quality with hands on activities.  They will identify aquatic life in a small stream and test water.  Bring water shoes or waders.  Picnic to follow streamside activities. This family friendly event is appropriate for children ages 5-10, though older children are welcome to join us.
Please RSVP to Monica at or by calling 304-345-7663 x5. 

July 4, 2015 - Mountaineer Days, Thomas, WV - Celebrate Independence Day and Mountain Heritage in Thomas, WV.