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Youth Advisory Board inspiring the next generation

FODC's Youth Advisory Board has been mentoring students at the Morgantown Learning Academy on all kinds of water quality issues. Working in the outdoors and along West Run, our YAB'ers are providing the MLA youth the tools needed to become the next generation of environmental stewards.

YAB also has been hard at work delivering recycling bins to schools in Morgantown and demonstrating the importance of not only recycling but also reducing consumption and waste Visit the YAB News page here for additional details.

To join our award-winning Youth Advisory Board or to get more information, contact Education Coordinator Jen- Osha Buysse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friends of Deckers Creek Receives Funding for Outdoor Learning Park

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is pleased to announce the receipt of $5000 in funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This funding will be used to enhance the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park (OLP), an inclusive greenspace that engages users in meaningful educational opportunities and unique passive recreational experiences. Specifically, FODC will create three wayside exhibits as well as written educator guides and kits to support educators interested in providing a hands–on, educational experience for their students.

The new wayside exhibits and educational guide will provide adults and children alike a better understanding of the creek and creekside ecosystems,” says Liz Wiles, FODC Executive Director. “They also will offer simple and easy ideas of what we all can do to restore and protect the health of the creek. A healthy creek equals a healthy community.”

The goals of the OLP are to protect and restore the land, educate the public on environmental initiatives, be a focal point for acid mine drainage (AMD) and habitat restoration, and explore the use of art in the outdoor environment. In the past, FODC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) used the OLP for an AMD & Art Workshop, a Water & Wildlife Workshop, creek insects workshops, and a community stewardship garden. With this award, FODC can expand educational initiatives and outreach for the OLP.

Watershed Association of the Year for 2011

Friends of Deckers Creek was recognized with the West Virginia Watershed Network's highest honor of Watershed Association of the Year, on November 5, 2011, at the 13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day!

Also a special congratulations to the Coal River Group, who has been doing phenomenal work, and tied with FODC for the Watershed Association of the Year title! Keep up the Great work! www.coalrivergroup.com

This exciting honor goes right to all of our Friends, Volunteers, and Supporters! FODC could not make the impact and improvement within the Watershed without the positive attitudes of commitment, dedication, and volunteered hours of service from you all! Thank you!

Jennifer Pauer, WV Watershed Network Member kindly stated in a recent press release draft,

FODC volunteers have really worked at getting the community to take part in protecting and restoring their stream.They understand the importance of local sponsorships, getting the youth involved and inspiring volunteers. They have a knack for making sure people are doing what they are happy doing and having fun in the name of Deckers Creek. It is very impressive.

We would also like to thank the WV Watershed Network for their encouragement and constant effort which goes into the production of such an informational and enjoyable annual event!

FODC in the News

FODC Volunteers in the News on WBOY

FODC Hires New Executive Director in The Dominion Post

FODC Distributes Brownfields Survey on WDTV

AMD & Art Workshop on WDTV

YAB Receives Additional Funding in the Dominion Post

2010 Adventure Day in the Dominion Post

We All Live Downstream Community Mural in the Dominion Post

FODC # 16 Most Influential in the Dominion Post

Reedsville Revitalization Group Revs Up

Artist Visits Deckers Creek for Awareness Project on WBOY

FODC Receives EPA Grant on WBOY

Outdoor Learning Park Dedication on WBOY

Project FLOW on WBOY

2009 Adventure Day on WBOY

Outdoor Learning Park Dedication

Sunday November 8th, 2 PM

Join Us

Friends of Deckers Creek & BOPARC invite the community to an Outdoor Learning Park Dedication on Sunday, November 8th at 2pm at the park, located along the Deckers Creek Rail Trail in Sabraton behind Kroger. This will be a celebration of the environment and the arts as we dedicate this public greenspace to the community and recognize all of the hard work put into the project by FODC staff, community partners and countless numbers of volunteers. The celebration begins at 2pm with a short dedication ceremony featuring several speakers including Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne and a seating area dedication in memory of local master naturalist Bill Grafton. Light refreshments will be provided by the BOPARC Senior Center.

Thank You

Special thanks to everyone who helped fund or assist with the Outdoor Learning Park including Volunteer WV’s Project FLOW (Future Leaders of Watersheds), Greater Morgantown Area Youth Commission, Mountaineer Treeways, BOPARC’s Arts in the Park, Luckini Construction, Tathams’, Preston County Master Gardeners, Green Thumbs Healthy Joints, Jake Pitzer, WVU Landscape Architecture, 84 Lumber, Southern States, 8Z Timber Products, Masontown Block, Asplundh, local Cub and Boy Scout troops, Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and many more! Thank you all for helping FODC, especially Mary Luckini (FODC Landscape Designer) and Amanda Lachowski (FODC Education Coordinator), make this amazing project possible!

FODC in the News

Regarding the Richard mine

Op-ed in the Charleston Post Gazette

Podcast from WAJR interview

Coverage on WBOY Channel 12