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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."


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Proposed Pipelines Threaten Monongahela National Forest? 

Dominion, NiSource and EQT have proposed pipelines that will stretch across West Virginia and Virginia to move natural gas to the coast for export. They could impact our public lands in the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests. We are watching these developing proposals with concern.   You can view the maps and read articles about these proposed pipeline projects by clicking here.  We are meeting with the Forest Service about the issue and we will keep you updated.

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!





PLEASE HELP GET IT BACK ON TRACK!  Comments due by August 29

 The biggest threat to northern long-eared bats is a fast-spreading fungal disease called white-nose syndrome. The epidemic has killed more than 7 million bats so far. It disrupts hibernation and has almost completely wiped out northern long-eareds in the Northeast. And politicians and industry lobbyists are fast becoming the second-biggest threat to these tiny flying mammals.  

 In the fall of 2013 Fish and Wildlife recognized the dramatic and rapid decline of northern long-eareds and recommended they be protected as endangered by fall 2014. But heavy opposition from members of Congress and wildlife officials in states where northern long-eared bats live -- like Ohio and Pennsylvania -- has delayed protection.

In June the agency announced a delay and reopened the comment period on its listing proposal. The deadline for comments is August 29th.

Please take a moment and send your comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, letting them know that you support protection for the Northern Long-Eared Bat by clicking here. 

Please click here to read the comment letter submitted by Friends of Blackwater and the Center for Biological Diversity.


Ben's Old Loom Barn - A Highlands Business with Deep Roots

Ben's Old Loom Barn is located on Cortland Road South in Canaan Valley. The Loom Barn was built by Dorothy and Ben Thompson in the early 1980’s. Dorothy Thompson started her weaving experience when she attended Arthurdale School in Preston County, West Virginia. She and her family moved to Arthurdale in 1935 as homesteaders in a well-known New Deal homesteading project. For more information click here to read our latest newsletter.

Ben's Old Loom Barn is open for the summer in Canaan Valley.  Stop by and visit Sarah and learn about the history of these handweavers.