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Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Stakeholders Meeting

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

AFHA Update
April 7, 2006



Meetings will be held at The Inn & Spa, downtown Berkeley SpringsPlease RSVP if you plan to attend - we need accurate numbers for meals and tours. Watch this website for updates to agenda. SCHEDULE
 
Thursday April 6th

1:30 pm — 4:30 pm Forest Tour. Green Ridge State Forest — Meet at Green Ridge Headquarters, Allegany Co.
(See Details in Forest Tour)

5:00 pm — 6:00 pm Walking Tour of Berkeley Springs

6:30 pm AFHA Board Meeting & Dinner

After meeting Informal gathering — music?


Friday April 7th

9:30 am — 10:00 am Welcome and updates

10:00 am - 10:45 am Interest Group Meetings

11:00 am - 12:00 am The Forest Speaks presentation

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm — 1:30 pm Forest Heritage in Morgan County
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Developing Tourist Trails in AFHA

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AFHA Council Meeting


Lodging
Rooms are available at The Inn and Spa at Berkeley Springs, Morgan County WV. Accommodation rates and information are available at www.theinnandspa.com or calling (800)-822-6630. For other lodging, see the website at  www.berkeleysprings.com/lodging.htm or try the new Best Western at 304/258-9400.
Other Notes

Please RSVP that you plan to attend so we will have head counts for meals, tours, and meeting attendance. Email < phyllisb@meer.net> or call 304-636-6182 and ask for Coral. Check with us also if you are looking for a roommate. Watch this website or future emails for updates and more info on the agenda or activities.
 
Directions:
To The Inn & Spa, Berkeley Springs: From I-70 at Hancock, MD, take exit for US Rt 522 (exit 1B) south to Berkeley Springs. Follow 522 south for 6.5 miles to the Inn, which is on the right.
To Green Ridge State Forest: 22 miles east of Cumberland, off I-68 at Exit 64 (M.V. Smith Road) Go South approximately 500 feet and make a right on Headquarters Drive (at the Smokey Bear sign) Follow to end and you are at the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters.

Tours Thursday

Thursday afternoon come to western Maryland for a forest tour of Green Ridge State Forest, led by Mark Beals and Rob Jones. Meet at the Green Ridge Headquarters, tour will start about 1:30. Then we will move on to Berkeley Springs, for a walking tour of the town at 5:00. Pick up your walking tour brochure with info packet at The Inn & Spa.
 
Special Presentations:
The Forest Speaks: One Place, Many Voices
Join folklorists Michael and Carrie Kline for a foray into story gathering and community building. Hear examples of recent heritage tourism audio productions. Learn about listening in our communities and tune into voices not usually heard in discussions of public policy or local values. Find ways to give voice to the intersections between folkloric and environmental issues, tapping into local wisdom and memory issues of livelihood and stewardship.
During this session the Klines, an Elkins-based folklife documentation and audio production team, will tell of their work gathering community history and ecological knowledge in developing heritage-based tourism. In West Virginia, along with Schuylkill County, PA, Southern Maryland—s Chesapeake Tidewater, Cherokee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Western Massachusetts, they have worked with heritage areas and local initiatives to chronicle, celebrate and elevate local cultural resources. Within AFHA they have worked on projects in Pocahontas and Randolph Counties (Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike series), Hampshire County, and Pendleton County. They have recently developed a handbook for pursuing heritage tourism from the grassroots up.
special FOREST TOUR
Green Ridge State Forest- State forester Mark Beal will lead a motorized forest tour (no hiking) of special features of the Green Ridge State Forest on Thursday, April 6 at 1:30pm. In celebration of the Maryland Forest Centennial, forester Francis Zumbrun will dress in 1906 forester's garb and give some insights about the history of the forest and area. Spectacular overlooks, wildlife sightings, and lush forests will be highlights of the stop-and-go 2 hour tour.
Off-the-road vehicles are welcome. The foresters have room for a few visitors to ride in the vehicle with them. This is not a hiking tour. The tour is sponsored by the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area project. 
The event is free and reservation requests are appreciated. Please call 301-478-3125. Directions: I-68 to Exit 64 (MV Smith Road). Travel south 500 feet to Headquarters Drive and turn right toward the Headquarters building. The tour will begin there.
For More Information or for Reservations Contact:

Mark Beal, Forester
Green Ridge State Forest
304-478-3125


Questions or comments about site: webster@appalachianforest.us