Membership Info


Friends of the Cheat has been diligently working to “restore, preserve, and promote the natural outstanding qualities of the Cheat River watershed” since 1994.  FOC works with local citizens, government, agency and industry partners to clean up local streams and rivers, promote eco-friendly practices, and support proactive regulation to protect the watershed and everyone downstream.

The organization has grown over the last 20 years from a small group of volunteer whitewater enthusiasts dragging tires out of the river to a full-time staff of seven. Staff and volunteers work on a variety of initiatives including acid mine drainage remediation, baseline data collection, river access development, brownfields revitalization, and rail-trail projects—just to name a few!

These efforts are tangible, but the cost of doing business goes beyond available project funds. Membership contributions help FOC pay for these not-so-glamorous costs.  Support the work of this flagship watershed group by donating today!

An annual membership for an individual or family is only $30.  This base level earns you a FOC sticker and electronic or printed Into the Canyon newsletters for one year.

Students and seniors can become members for $20.

For those who can give more, additional donor levels and associated perks are outlined below.  Every donor receives a FOC sticker and year-long subscription to the Into the Canyon newsletter.



For sponsorship levels of $500 or more:  Up to 50% of the total amount of sponsorship may be contributed in goods or services valued at fair market value; or you can give all  as in kind, but the total retail value would have to be increased by half the amount of the level you wish to donate (e.g. For  $500 level you would donate $750 of in kind).     

Gift Acceptance Policy:  Friends of the Cheat (FOC) is a not-for-profit organization organized under the laws of the State of West Virginia.  FOC encourages the donation and acceptance of monetary and other gifts only for purposes that will help FOC further and fulfill its stated mission, “To restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River Watershed”.  Gifts that create a potential conflict of interest, either perceived or actual, may be respectfully declined at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

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