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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."


10th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

Saturday, February 14, 2015 -  The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival at Tip Top Cafe in Thomas, WV.  (Fundraiser for Friends of Blackwater.)  

"On the Chopping Block"

"On the Chopping Block" -A Report from the June 2014 Blackwater Falls Conference was released at a 3:00 PM press conference on Tuesday, January 13, in the West Virginia State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room.  The report was also presented to the State Board of Education at its January 14 meeting.

See a copy of the Report here

You can request a hard copy of the report by emailing or by calling 304-345-7663 x2.

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.




Monongahela National Forest Announces Comment Period on Dominion Gas  Pipeline Surveys! 

Help us protect our public land! Please comment by February 13th.  Click here for more information and to send your letter.


Tell the WV State Board of Education No to Compromising Science Education!

West Virginia science teachers came toBlackwater Falls last June for our Climate Change and the highlands Conference, and they showed they understand the threats to our precious mountain ecology and economy from a changing climate. 

We are so proud of our teachers for telling the State Board of Education this month that they insist on teaching real science on climate change.  We were proud to help them this month in Charleston, as the board withdrew proposed standards that cast doubt on the reality of climate change.

Learn more about what we did and see media coverage at  It was a big win for climate-smart thinking in West Virginia!

Now we have to make this commitment to real science permanent, and help our teachers do their jobs!  Click here to send a message to the West Virginia Department of Education telling them that good science is good for everyone!  Your voice is important!  Please send your message now!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015 -  10:00 AM - 5 PM Tucker County Day at the Legislature. Celebrate Tucker County and educate our representatives about our great public lands! 

5:00 PM - 8 PM Taste of Tucker in Charleston at the Cultural Center's Great Hall leaturing Tucker County food, beer, and local music.  Visit FOB's table at the Capitol.  Click here for more information 

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - "Climate Change, China, and the West Virginia Connection." 7:00 -- 8:30 PM West Virginia University Law School Event Space in Morgantown, WV.  Click here for details. 

  Saturday, February 14, 2015 -  The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival and Art Show. Art Show begins at 5:00 PM and Film Festival begins at 7:00 PM. Event is being held at the former Country Store on Main Street. Sponsored by Friends of Blackwater and Tip Top Cafe.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - History Day at the Legislature in the Upper Rotunda.  Our table will feature Blackwater Canyon, JR Clifford, Our WV Statehood and Civil War Project "New Home for Liberty" and Limerock History.