AFHA E-Newsletter

AFHA Annual Meeting Success

Phyllis Baxter
     Over 80 people participated in the annual Stakeholders meeting of Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, held in Moorefield on March 16. Keynote Speaker Alan Spears, of the National Parks Conservation Association, shared about the impact of National Heritage Areas nationwide, and the potential of such designation for Appalachian Forest. A tourism development panel moderated by Doug Arbogast of WVU Extension, and featuring Kristina Joyce from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College among others, highlighted a wide variety of efforts and tools in networking tourism attractions. The event was hosted by Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College with sponsorship support from Hardy County CVB, Tucker County CVB, and Grant County CVB.

    To learn more about AFHA and how you can support National Heritage Area designation, see our website at

Garlic Mustard, Live Snakes
and Seneca Rocks, Oh My!

Haley Hutchins
     Discover Nature Day is back for its seventh consecutive year at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Saturday April 28! The event, organized by Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area (PHCWPMA), is an entire day geared toward school-aged children (and the young at heart) who want to learn more about the natural world.
     Discover Nature Day begins at 10 a.m. with the Garlic Mustard Challenge. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant species in this area that is in need of some predators. On Discover Nature Day that predator is you! The challenge is to see how many garlic mustard plants teams can pull on the Discovery Center grounds. The person or team that pulls the most garlic mustard wins wonderful prizes. Please be at the Discovery Center by 9:30 a.m. to sign up or join a team. Lunch follows the pull and is free for all volunteers who participated in the challenge. After lunch the festivities begin with an address from Cheat-Potomac Ranger District Ranger Troy Waskey. There will be a live snake and birds of prey presentation during the afternoon as well as many booths and displays with information and hands-on activities from partner groups located throughout the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.


AmeriCorps members educating
children at Discover Nature Day 2017

     AFHA AmeriCorps members are working fastidiously to organize the event. Evan Greenwald and Haley Hutchins have been coordinating efforts since early this year to create interest and recruit participants. In addition, many other AFHA AmeriCorps from the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, WV Division of Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited will be participating the event by providing booths.

More information can be found at the official Discover Nature Day website. Feel free to contact the program leads directly if you have any other questions: and .

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Beverly Heritage Days
Participant and pre-registration information for Beverly Heritage Days is now available. Join the Beverly Heritage Center for three days of historically accurate fun!

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New Historic Thomas

The city of Thomas would like to spend a night celebrating all of the things that make Thomas an amazing place to be. Come join local artists, project managers and caterers for a night of fun and gratitude!

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Tygart River Clean Up
Come help tidy up the Tygart River and make a difference in your community! Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

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Garlic Mustard Pulls
The Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area group is planning several pulls of invasive garlic mustard. Come get your hands dirty and help make West Virginia that much more beautiful. Fun for all ages!

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