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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."


Run For It!

Run For It 2016 - Team Blackwater

Our Friends of Blackwater Run For It Team took home the race day prize for most enthusiastic with a $1000 award! Congratulations!

Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!











FOB Celebrating 15 Years of Your Support!

Take a look at all the wonderful things you have helped us accomplish over the last 15 years!

With your support we can continue to accomplish great things! Please click here to donate today.


New Railroad Brochure Available!

Blackwater Canyon’s railroad history comes to life in Friends of Blackwater’s heritage brochure. The historic map inside explains where Davis Coal and Coke’s buildings were located along the current rail trail from Thomas to Hendricks.

To order send one dollar ($1) to:
Friends of Blackwater
501 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, Wv 25311

Get an Early Start on Your Holiday Shopping!

Looking for the perfect gift for the Blackwater lover on your list? Look no further!

From t-shirts and books to memberships and even a fabulous photo offer from Steve Shaluta, you can find everything you desire by clicking here!



FOB Says Forest Service Logging Plan is Using Outdated Climate Science

Friends of Blackwater is criticizing a Monongahela National Forest logging proposal as being based on outdated science that ignores the importance of global warming and climate science.

On August 13th, Friends of Blackwater group filed a 139-page comment letter that includes a scientific bibliography of more than 75 peer-reviewed studies.  A copy of the entire comment letter with attachments can be found by clicking here.

The letter states that a recent draft environmental assessment for the National Forest's proposed Big Mountain Project, which would involve logging near Spruce Knob National Recreation Area, is based on outdated science that ignores the seriousness of past and future temperature rise and extreme weather -- which the group says threaten endangered species and forest ecology. 

The letter states, "numerous studies and reports have clearly established that the impacts of rising global temperatures are already affecting the Monongahela National Forest region, with increasing and accelerating effects to come;" and asks the Forest Service to withdraw and redo the assessment in light of current science.

Friends of Blackwater recently released a report and bibliography, "On the Chopping Block – the Impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change on the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands." The report is available at


Calendar of Events

Thursday Night Ride at 5 Join other mountain biking enthusiasts every Thursday at Blackwater Bikes in Davis to explore local area trails. Public gathering aftewards at Stumptown Ales,