Other Organizations

For your convenience we have collected here a list of other web sites that address issues of importance to the Potomac Highlands region. Please explore the issue-specific pages on our site, too, as there are other links there as well.

The Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment is a regional law and policy organization. The Center works together with individual citizens and grassroots citizens' groups to clarify, analyze and act on the environmental and economic issues that affect our communities. They seek to start the long process of replacing the shortsighted economic policies of the region with more sustainable and responsible policies.

The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust assists landowners and communities in maintaining healthy rivers, protecting forests and farmland, and preserving rural heritage for the enjoyment and well being of present and future generations.

Cacapon Institute performs watershed education and monitoring for Cacapon River and Potomac South Branch watersheds. They also have a feature on Corridor H construction runoff problems.

Coalition for Smarter Growth's mission is to ensure that transportation and development decisions accommodate growth while revitalizing communities, providing more housing and travel choices, and conserving natural and historic areas.

Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS) based in Owings Mills, Maryland, has the highest success rate in the nation when it comes to helping people protect their interests from the impact of sprawl and other poorly-planned land-development projects. They are a nationwide network of more than 135 attorneys and dozens of other professionals including planners, environmental scientists, traffic engineers, political strategists, and fundraisers, to name but a few.

Corridor H Alternatives is the original group that tied up Corridor H with lawsuits and raised public awareness as to the true cost of this billion dollar boondoggle. It now monitors Corridor H proceedings in Tucker and Randolph Counties near Elkins, WV.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national group for saving endangered species and wildlife habitat. Get on their Alert list and help the critters!

Friends of Blackwater watches over Blackwater Canyon.

Friends of the Cacapon River is a nonprofit citizens watershed group based in Great Cacapon, focusing on the lower (northernmost) reaches of the Cacapon through Hampshire and Morgan Counties. Has published a tour map of the Cacapon.

Friends of the Earth is one national environmental group that really helps grassroots citizen fighters. They aren't afraid to deal with how our national oil-wasting policies, including new highway construction, lead to the destruction of the environment and people all over the world.

Groundwater.org is a general information site in Nebraska tells about water. FYI: Over 50% of West Virginians get water from a well.

Land Trust Alliance shows how to protect your own land and restrict future development.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition fights mountaintop removal coal mining and other West Virginia causes.

The Potomac Conservancy: Want to know more about the Potomac watershed, and how to take care of your land and ultimately protect it? Potomac Conservancy has an office now in downtown Winchester, Virginia at 19 West Cork Street Suite 201. Contact Kelly Watkinson, Director of Headwaters Conservation at Watkinson@potomac.org or 540-667-3606. The office has informative pamphlets for landowners and residents about how to live and work alongside rivers and streams, and maintains a network with area groups dealing with nature and environmental issues. The Conservancy works with local land trusts and willing private owners to put conservation easements on land.

Save Our County is Paul Burke's amazing collection of information on planning, sprawl, state environmental laws, based in Jefferson County West Virginia The info is applicable to many other counties as well.

Scenic America: Yes! Good looks matter, they attract business and keep us all happier. Support natural and historical places; fight ugly billboards and sprawl.

The Shenandoah Valley Network is composed of local organizations from Augusta County to Frederick County, working in the Shenandoah Valley to ensure manageable growth rates and quality communities.

Sierra Club has been working since 1892 to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. They are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

West Virginia Environmental Council is a Charleston, West Virginia based citizens lobby for the environment and support sustainable economic development. They facilitate communication and cooperation among citizens in promoting environmental protection in West Virginia, assist in organizing grass roots groups, facilitate interaction among established environmental organizations, and correspond with all appropriate local, state, and federal agencies involved in the management of West Virginia's environment.

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy watches over the great Monongahela National Forest, Blackwater Canyon, and other wild treasures of our state. This 30 year old group is not afraid of economic dialog.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition is the best source of info on clean water all over our state.  They take on the poultry industry pollution as well as coal mining , floodplain building, and other issues.

The West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization is an organization of mostly small surface land owners in West Virginia. The number of oil and gas well permits has increased from less than 900 a year in the late 1990's to more than 3000 a year in 2006. Landowners rights are limited, and WV SORO wants to educate surface owners about the rights that they do have, to allow surface owners to share the information that they have, and to educate policy makers about the increased rights that surface owners need.