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In 2016, Friends of Blackwater published a report supported by 100 peer-reviewed scientific citations that documented the impact of global warming and climate change on the Allegheny Highlands and Blackwater Falls region.

That report quoted former United Mine Workers President and current AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “To those who say that climate change is a far off problem, I can tell you that I have hunted the same woods my entire life and climate change is happening now — I see it in the summer drought that kills the trees, the warm winter nights when flowers bloom in January, the snows that fall less frequently and melt more quickly.”

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Tom Rodd is a retired lawyer who lives in Preston County and directs Friends of Blackwater’s Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative.

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