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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."


Cheat Canyon Protected!

After eleven years of stalwart advocacy by Friends of Blackwater (and our wonderful allies), the entire wild and scenic Cheat River Canyon in Preston County is now permanently safe from destructive logging and road-building -- and will be moved into public ownership.Click here to read more!


FOB March 2014 Newsletter Now Available Online!

Check out "A Guide to Keep Fracking from Damaging our Eastern National Forests"

Learn how to add a water monitoring program to you fight against fracling on your national Forest!

West Virginia Civil Rights and History Poster Debuts

The new poster, designed for classroom use and as a historic tourism publication, is titled "A New Home for Liberty."  The poster celebrates people of all colors – people like J.R. Clifford and the white abolitionist West Virginia state makers Gordon Battelle and Granville Hall -- who fought 150 years ago to put a new, free star in "Old Glory.” To view the poster larger please click the graphic. For more info, please visit

To order your copy or donate by mail, please click here and fill out the form.   To order electronically, click here to visit our donate page. 





Beautiful Blackwater River Photo & Video Contest!!

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Tell Governor Tomblin to Buy Blackwater Canyon!

Join us in sending a message to WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that it is time to Buy Blackwater Canyon! Click here to read about threats to the Blackwater Canyon!

Click here to read the latest draft of the Habitat Conservation Plan filed by Allegheny Wood Products.

Click here to encourage Governor Tomblin to purchase the Blackwater Canyon and bring it into the public domain.


West Virginia Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative - Registration Now Open

Saturday, June 7, 2014 -- West Virginia Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park – Click Here for Information and Registration.