Save the Date — Saturday June 7, 2014, Blackwater Falls Climate Change Impacts Conference

Friends of Blackwater

West Virginia Allegheny Highlands

Climate Change Impacts Initiative

invites you to Save the Date:

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Blackwater Falls State Park Conference Center in Davis, Tucker County, West Virginia

for a one-day Initiative Inaugural Conference on

“Climate Change and the Highlands”

            The ecology and economy of West Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands region – home to iconic landscapes like the Blackwater Canyon and Canaan Valley — are closely tied to the region’s distinctive high-mountain climate.  What do we need to know about the impacts of global warming and climate change on the Highlands region?  This conference will bring together a range of presenters and discussants to illuminate areas of concern and to help provide a basis for discussion, study, and action.

            Where: Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, West Virginia

            When:  Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10AM-5PM.

            Who:    Inaugural Conference Convenor: Friends of Blackwater, West Virginia Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative. Conference proceedings report by Downstream Strategies.  Host Committee, Conference Presenters, and Discussants TBA                                                          

            Questions to be considered at the Inaugural Conference:  In a warming world, what does the future hold for the Highlands region?  What are the future of snow-draped peaks and frosty mornings, ski lodges and slopeside vacation homes, and the tourism and outdoor recreation economy?  How will climate change affect the Highlands’ productive farms and forests, wildlife and unique creatures like the brook trout, snowshoe hare, and Cheat Mountain salamander, and the rare plants of the region.  What do citizens, businesses, civic leaders, professionals, educators, scientists and local government need to consider to best respond to the impacts of climate change?

            Conference information: there will be a modest registration fee; scholarship assistance is available.  A block of rooms at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge will be pre-reserved for the weekend and there is other lodging (including camping) nearby.  Child care can be arranged.  There will be related social activities and outings.  Questions, comments, and suggestions: outreach@saveblackwater.org, or contact Judith Rodd, Tom Rodd, or Doug Gilbert at Friends of Blackwater, 304-345-7663. To see the latest Conference information and to sign up to receive e-mail updates, go to www.saveblackwater.org.