AFHA E-Newsletter

Farewell to AmeriCorps 17-18 Members!

It's that bittersweet time of year with AFHA AmeriCorps when we say goodbye to a great cohort of AmeriCorps members. Over the last year, the 17-18 team has educated kids and adults about our healthy forests, planted red spruce,  improved stream health for trout, created heritage exhibits, implemented events, led tours and programs, completed community projects, saved historic buildings, and supported hundreds of volunteers in our rural communities. Most of them are now moving on to the next stage of their lives, whether that is further national service, graduate school, or professional jobs.

At the same time we are preparing for our new team, who will start on September 6. We still have a few positions left to start this fall, so keep spreading the word!  For list of open positions see

AFHA helps this region in thousands of ways. Here is just one of our many ongoing projects, headed by AmeriCorps member Jen Iskow.

Interpretive Panel Design (RRAC) Project Invites Fire Tower History Buffs and Recreation Enthusiasts to Greenbrier Co.

​Jen Iskow
Progress is currently underway on the first batch of interpretive signs for the Hopkins Mountain Historic District in Greenbrier Co., West Virginia. The South Zone Fire Lookout Interpretive Components Project includes the design, development, procurement, and installation of interpretive displays and products for the Hopkins Mountain Historic District and the Red Oak Fire Tower site. The end result of the product will be to provide interpretive displays that will educate both renters and casual visitors to both Hopkins Mountain and Red Oak Fire Tower to the history and social impact of both sites.
Hopkins Fire Tower during its heyday, Forest Service Rd 139, Blue Bend Recreation Area
The Forest Service recently renovated the historic Hopkins Mountain Fireman’s Residence so that it may be made available to the public as a rental cabin. The cabin is located approximately three miles north of Blue Bend Recreation Area. It sleeps four and includes one set of bunk beds, a fold-out bed, tables, chairs, electric lights, and heat.

Osborne Fire Finder, Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service

The Hopkins Mountain Fireman’s Cabin is part of the Hopkins Mountain Historic District in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. The historic district includes the Mountain Tower Road (Forest Service Road 139), the fire tower and the fireman’s cabin, all constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. There is also a logging tramway, in use from about 1908 to the 1920s, and the Civil War Trail, used in 1863 for the rapid retreat of the 64th Virginia Battalion after the Battle of Droop Mountain. Although the Fire Tower was removed in 1979, during a time when many fire towers were decommissioned due to advances in fire detection methods, the fireman’s cabin remained.
AFHA AmeriCorps is Still Recruiting for the 18-19 Season!

AFHA AmeriCorps member, Mandy Nix shares her experience in
conservation outreach at Trout Unlimited

For list of open positions see

Help Restore the Golden Rule!
Woodlands Development Good is making an effort to restore one of its historically fantastic buildings, the Golden Rule, and they need your help! WDG is looking for volunteers July 14th and 21st to help with the beautification of the building. 

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Jammin' In July 
Continuing their First Friday events, Elkins Main Street is hosting "Jammin' In July," an event that invites local music artists to bring their instruments and jam in five different locations downtown. If you're not a musician, bring a chair and enjoy the sounds!

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Canaan Refuge Kids Bike Ride
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a kids bike ride on June 30th. AmeriCorps member Kristin Lantz will lead a tour a section of the refuge and also include some beaver education. 

More Information Here

Bug Out! with Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is looking for help in keeping our forest rivers and streams healthy and happy. On June 16th and July 21 they will be leading workshops on how to measure and monitor stream health for people of all ages. Lunch is included!

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