AFHA E-Newsletter

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area

Annual Members/Stakeholder Meeting

It's not too late to RSVP to the AFHA Annual meeting! All who are interested are invited and encouraged to attend. 

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AFHA & HistoriCorps Receive Chief's Honor Award Honorable Mention

Grace DeMeo
Agency leaders gathered in Washington DC to celebrate the 2017 Chief's Honor Award. The Chief's Honor Award is presented to organizations and individuals who display creative and innovative ways of addressing the agency's strategic plan. This year, the award was announced February 8th in Elkins, WV. AFHA in partnership with HistoriCorps received an honorable mention for their work at several sites within the Monongahela National Forest.  

HistoriCorps members serving at Stuart Cabin
Work on these projects included several restoration projects, notable amongst which were the Blue Bend and Old House recreation pavillions within the Stuart Recreation Area. This project would not have been possible with Gavin Hale, project manager for Monongahela National Forest and Alison Thorton, who coordinated the AFHA Hands On Team for 2017. 

Restoration work performed with diligent care-
AmeriCorps aren't afraid to get dirty!


Join us for a tree-rific day for cold, clean water!

Mandy Nix
My favorite memories of water are set to the soundtrack of a trickle, my back pressed against a peeling sycamore and my toes prodding at the icy surface of a creek no wider than an armspan. That trickle is where the magic begins, with water stealing out of a limestone spring and bursting, bubbling, bending all the way from our mountain headwaters to the roaring rapids of the Potomac and, finally, to the mighty Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is the largest estuary in North America, after all, so it deserves an appreciative clap on the back.

We are at the genesis of it all. With the support of a dedicated network of conservation agencies and partners, including the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area’s AmeriCorps program, Trout Unlimited continues to protect, restore, reconnect, and sustain these headwaters with a top-down approach. We work in small streams for big impacts, and this extends to the riparian plantings that the TU AmeriCorps Member coordinates each spring and fall. By reforesting our stream banks with the trees that once provided cooling shade, we also buffer our banks against erosion, restore natural filters, and reinstall energy warehouses that pump nutrients into the watershed with each fallen leaf. Whether we’re planting on private or public land, community volunteers and AmeriCorps Members alike make this riparian restoration a reality.

JOIN US this spring for riparian plantings along spring-fed trout streams, beginning this March on private farmland in Hardy County. Trout Unlimited will be planting over 600 trees from 9 AM – 3 PM on Tuesday, March 20, Thursday, March 22, and Saturday, March 24.Gloves, tools, and riverside lunch will be provided. If these days don’t quite work with your calendar, we’ll be putting an additional 135 trees in the ground in Pendelton County throughout the first two weeks of April. All dates are subject to change based on weather and volunteer availability, so please RSVP at to receive updated information. I hope you’ll join Trout Unlimited and AFHA in forging new memories of our water resources.

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Arthurdale Goat Gallop
Arthurdale Heritage Inc. is hosting a 5k that tours through the historic district of Arthurdale. Run, walk or roll through this historic adventure and benefit Arthurdale in the process. Those who would like to participate need to register ahead of time, so secure your spot now!

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MAD Art History Lecture
Mountain Arts District AmeriCorps member and painting aficionado Patrick Facemire will be giving a FREE art history lecture on March 22 at the arts center. 

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Red Spruce Planting
The sun has emerged which only means one things- lots of tree planting! Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a red spruce tree planting on April 21 and is looking for assistance. 

More Information Here

Discover Nature Day
This year Seneca Rocks Discovery Center will once again host Discover Nature Day on April 28. Organizations invite the public to experience a fun filled day of environmental education and stewardship. Look forward to more details soon. 

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