Friends of Blackwater
Non-profit Friends of Blackwater, founded in 2000, works to protect the unique ecology, landscapes, outdoor recreation and tourism economy, and heritage of the Allegheny Highlands region -- through public education, outreach, advocacy, and restoration
FOB's lead advocacy campaign is protecting the unique wildlife and heritage resources of the Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia's scenic "Crown Jewel." Friends of Blackwater is the only group in West Virginia dedicated to protecting rare and endangered species, with a special focus on "Ginny," the West Virginia northern flying squirrel, a signature species of the Highlands. FOB's North Fork Watershed Project works to clean up streams in the Blackwater River watershed that have been degraded by acid mine drainage and other pollution. We watch over the Monongahela National Forest, to help protect its million acres of public land. We promote outdoor recreation and heritage tourism, and organize volunteers to build and maintain trails. Our Climate Change Impacts Initiative does education and outreach on the impacts of climate change in the Highlands.