July/August 2017
AFHA Hires new Program Associate 
The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area welcomes new program associate Kyle Pajarito to the organization, taking the responsibilities of out-going associate Alison Thornton. Pajarito believes that the AFHA “parallels one of my longstanding professional objectives: the protection of life, property, and the environment,” and is additionally drawn to the program for its emphasis on community development, which Pajarito opines “is one of the best ways to make positive impacts on local communities.”
 
California transplant Pajarito has served in emergency and disaster management for over nine years in such capacities as a reserve firefighter in California, a team leader for FEMA Corps, and as an executive coordinator for the America Red Cross. “Most of these experiences dealt with volunteer management,” Pajarito says, “with a particular emphasis on volunteer recruitment, placement, and engagement.” In addition to his service experience, Pajarito is also currently finishing an M.A. in Emergency Service Administration.
           
Moving forward in the AFHA program, Pajarito hopes to “maintain the connections AFHA has with partner sites, as well as upholding relationships with the communities that the AFHA serves.” Pajarito is aware of the special responsibility his positions holds, acting as a bridge between the service members and the administration, “I hope to be of sound guidance and insight for AmeriCorps members; as an AmeriCorps alumni, I want to show members the importance and magnitude of national and community service and how one person can certainly make a difference in the world.”  
 
AmeriCorps Members Mustered for Battle of Rich Mountain
AmeriCorps members Angela Burdell, Jess Marks, Christopher Taylor, and Tyler Winstead posing for the audience at Camp Garnett (photo by Heidi Swanson)

Tyler Winstead
AmeriCorps Member

On Sunday July 16th, several AmeriCorps members participated in the annual Battle of Rich Mountain reenactment held at Camp Garnett, the final event of Beverly Heritage Days. Pictured in their period-appropriate Union attire, the volunteer AmeriCorps service members were all relative newcomers to the reenactment scene, but were fortunate enough to benefit from the direction of the seasoned veterans lined behind them.

Program Director Phyllis Baxter looking-on as the Union regiment performs drill
(photo by Heidi Swanson) 

Although the Confederate outfit was unable to muster more than a few soldiers, the battle commenced after a demonstion of drill and featured the Napoleonic tactics that would have been used during the American Civil War, if not necessarily at the Battle of Rich Mountain itself. Post-battle, the audience was free to ask questions and learn more about the lives of soldiers and history of the battle.

Picnic with the AFHA at Stuart Recreation Area
The 2016-2017 AFHA AmeriCorps team
The AFHA will be hosting its annual end-of-the-year picnic at the Stuart Recreation Area outside of Elkins to celebrate another completed year of service on Friday, August 4th at 1pm. The picnic will include an awards ceremony to honor the service members after a potluck lunch, with the AFHA providing hamburgers and hot dogs. 

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Experience the heritage of your area! Sites of the Month spotlights events and locations within the region, based on AFHA's four themes: forestry, history, culture, and nature.

Deep Creek Lake State Park in Garrett County, Maryland includes the largest inland body of water in the state made up of 3,900 acres and 69 miles of shoreline. Originally constructed in the 1920s by the Youghiogheny Hydroeletric Company, the lake was purchased by the state of Maryland in 2000 with public access being provided by the park. Though the area was heavily logged around the turn of the century, 95% of the park's northern hardwood forest has returned. There is a boat launch and the fishing is good as the lake is stocked with trout, walleye, bass,and perch among others. There is also a discovery center with exhibits on Western Maryland's natural resources and interpretive programs are available.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is based in Elkins and operates refurbished historic excursion trains out of Elkins, Durbin, and most recently, Cass. The trains travel through mountain wilderness and include stopovers at destinations including the High Falls of the Cheat, one of the highest waterfalls in the state, and the abandoned logging town of Spruce, once the highest town East of the Mississippi and accessible only by rail. Starting in 2015, the company will begin operating Cass Scenic Railroad, which runs on historic Shay locomotives and includes a stop at Bald Knob overlook, the third highest point in West Virginia at 4,842 feet.
Arthurdale Heritage Inc. will be celebrating its annual New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 8th. The celebration includes live music, food, children's activities, an antique car show, and much more. This year's festival marks the 80th anniversary of the homestead community, which was built in 1934 on approximately 1200 acres in rural Preston County, WV. Originally there were 165 homes and several community buildings, many of which stand today and are part of the New Deal Homestead Museum. 
The Woodbine Picnic Area of the Monongahela National Forest is located six miles from Richwood along Forest Service Road 76 and was originally known as Woodland Park. It was created in the 1930s by members of a CCC camp, Camp Woodbine,
which existed for nearly two years from 1933 to 1935. CCC member projects included road building, timber stand improvement, and fire fighting. The site is now a popular location for CCC reunions as well as family gatherings as there are two large group shelters on-site. Located long the Cranberry River, trout fishing is plentiful. 
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Shop on Amazon.com and support AFHA. Find out more here.
Experience the heritage of your area! Sites of the Month spotlights events and locations within the region, based on AFHA's four themes: forestry, history, culture, and nature.

Deep Creek Lake State Park in Garrett County, Maryland includes the largest inland body of water in the state made up of 3,900 acres and 69 miles of shoreline. Originally constructed in the 1920s by the Youghiogheny Hydroeletric Company, the lake was purchased by the state of Maryland in 2000 with public access being provided by the park. Though the area was heavily logged around the turn of the century, 95% of the park's northern hardwood forest has returned. There is a boat launch and the fishing is good as the lake is stocked with trout, walleye, bass,and perch among others. There is also a discovery center with exhibits on Western Maryland's natural resources and interpretive programs are available.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is based in Elkins and operates refurbished historic excursion trains out of Elkins, Durbin, and most recently, Cass. The trains travel through mountain wilderness and include stopovers at destinations including the High Falls of the Cheat, one of the highest waterfalls in the state, and the abandoned logging town of Spruce, once the highest town East of the Mississippi and accessible only by rail. Starting in 2015, the company will begin operating Cass Scenic Railroad, which runs on historic Shay locomotives and includes a stop at Bald Knob overlook, the third highest point in West Virginia at 4,842 feet.
Arthurdale Heritage Inc. will be celebrating its annual New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 8th. The celebration includes live music, food, children's activities, an antique car show, and much more. This year's festival marks the 80th anniversary of the homestead community, which was built in 1934 on approximately 1200 acres in rural Preston County, WV. Originally there were 165 homes and several community buildings, many of which stand today and are part of the New Deal Homestead Museum. 
The Woodbine Picnic Area of the Monongahela National Forest is located six miles from Richwood along Forest Service Road 76 and was originally known as Woodland Park. It was created in the 1930s by members of a CCC camp, Camp Woodbine,
which existed for nearly two years from 1933 to 1935. CCC member projects included road building, timber stand improvement, and fire fighting. The site is now a popular location for CCC reunions as well as family gatherings as there are two large group shelters on-site. Located long the Cranberry River, trout fishing is plentiful. 
Do you have a suggestion for Sites of the Month? Email us at: info@appalachianforest.us and let us know your favorite sites throughout AFHA!
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