Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
October 2012 E-Newsletter
Even now, after the excitement of the Mountain State Forest Festival, and after the leaves have started to fall from their branches, AFHA has been staying busy! We're excited to tell you what's new within our organization and what's going on throughout the entire region. We've re-vamped our Facebook page (don't forget to like us!) and we'll be staying in touch with this monthly e-newsletter.  Let us know what you think!

AFHA AmeriCorps Kicks Off Another Year
Photo credit: Nick Kazmierski
It's Official!
Friday, October 19th 2012 marked the official start to a new year of the AFHA AmeriCorps program.  New and returning members travelled to Charleston for an official swearing-in ceremony.  This year there are 27 members stationed throughout six counties within the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.  The hands-on team, consisting of seven members, will travel as needed to serve on projects throughout the entire region.

Need Help 'Getting Things Done'?
The AFHA AmeriCorps program was launched in October of 2007, and originally consisted of 10 members.  Since its start  five years ago, the program has added to its numbers annually.  If you have a historic preservation, conservation, or heritage development project within our region, contact AFHA about sponsoring an AmeriCorps member on your site.  For more info visit our website.

The Joys of Serving
By AFHA AmeriCorps member Molly Swailes
Photo credit: Grant Turner
"I've only been serving as an AmeriCorps member at AFHA for a little more than a month, but already I feel like our time has been put to tremendous use.  Not only have we logged hours for our sponsoring sites, but we have also been encouraged to assist on a multitude of service projects  throughout the area. On 9/11, we were able to get outdoors and weed a native pollinator garden at Stuart Recreation Area.  In honor of the Governor's Day to Serve, many participated in a tree planting on Cheat Mountain.  As a part of the West Virginia AmeriCorps swearing-in in Charleston, we were able to help fill care packages for troops overseas.  It's really amazing (and empowering), the things that volunteers can accomplish when working together.  And it feels good, too."  
In This Issue
Sites of the Month

Experience the heritage of your area! Sites of the Month spotlights exciting events and locations within the AFHA region:
Cultural Site:
The Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg is one of only four still in continuous use in the world. Enjoy a performance, or view art on exhibit throughout the year.
Forestry Site:
Explore 50 acres of virgin red spruce forest.  Don't forget to stop at the picnic area, where a mossy trail leads to a scenic overlook on Gaudineer Knob.
 Historic Site:
Explore the rich history of transportation in the U.S. along this 184.5 mile canal in western Maryland.  
The largest area of bogs in West Virginia, Cranberry Glades is home to over 60 unique plants, including carnivorous species.
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