Appalachian Forest Heritage Area

Members/Stakeholder Meeting

AFHA is excited to announce that Alan Spears, from the National Parks Conservation Association, will join us for our AFHA Annual Meeting to speak about National Heritage Areas. The program will also include tour and panel on regional heritage tourism development, and AFHA AmeriCorps team presentations. For more details, see our website.

Friday, March 16th, 2018 9:30 to 4:00
Hosted by Eastern WV Community & Technical College

WV Armory National Guard
157 Freedom Way
Moorefield, WV

9:30 am to 11:30 am  - Self-guided tour exploring Potomac Highlands sites.
Sites to visit and directions will be posted on website prior to meeting.
11:30 - Gather at the Armory to discuss and share the sites you visited
12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - AFHA Intro and Annual Meeting
12:45 - Keynote “National Heritage Areas and the Future of AFHA” Alan Spears, NPCA
1:15 - Tourism Products Panel Discussion

  • Doug Arbogast- WVU Extension Tourism Specialist - moderator
  • Kristina Joyce – Hatfield McCoys Trail
  • Pamela Curtin – Clio
  • Danielle Buffa - AFHA Thematic Tourmaps
  • Ethan Serr, Ryan Runions – Potomac Highlands Tourism Development            

2:30 - Break and Informal Discussion
2:45 - AFHA AmeriCorps presentations -- How we are Getting Things Done

The Time is Now

Robin Bruns
AFHA AmeriCorps members partnered with HighRocks AmeriCorps to host a fundraiser during the MLK Day Celebration in Lewisburg. AmeriCorps members sold hot chocolate and raised over $125 for the Summit on Race Matters. The MLK Day Celebration began at the Greenbrier County Courthouse. Participants were able to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on a cold morning before marching to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church. At the Church, lunch was served, followed by a program that included music and speeches honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year's Summit on Race Matters is "The Time is Now" and the goal is to "bring individuals together to raise awareness, educate, confront and eradicate personal, systemic, and institutional racism." The event will take place at the New River Community and Technical College- Greenbrier Valley Campus on February 23rd and 24th. 

AmeriCorps members and Community Members
enjoying a warm drink before the summit

Planning for this service project began at a workshop in Charleston hosted by Volunteer West Virginia. During the workshop, our group of AmeriCorps from Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties struggled to determine how we could make a real impact. When we heard about the MLK Day Celebration and Summit on Race Matters we jumped on board, knowing we could make a bigger difference by working with others. Since the field of my AmeriCorps position is within conservation, this MLK Day service project was an opportunity to get involved with social justice and reach the community in a different way. We look forward to seeing the success of the Summit on Race Matters, knowing we were able to make a contribution.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebration March

Taira Landavere
AmeriCorps members helped celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy this year with the community. The MLK Jr. Day Event group engaged 17 AmeriCorps members and 41 community volunteers in a community service project on January 14th, 2018. The goal of the project was to raise awareness about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The project involved setting up, cleaning up, and organizing the promotional material for the project in Elkins, West Virginia. It also involved a commemorative march that began at 3:45pm at the Federal Building and ended at the Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The program featured a dance; live music, a speech, and quotes that were said by Dr. King. The project served over 100 residents, children, middle aged, and elderly alike in the town of Elkins.

AmeriCorps staff Kyle Pajarito and AmeriCorps members Chris Taylor and Jenny Bravener assisting with clean up

The Riverside School Association, the alumni group from the original all-black school before de-segregation, presented the event. At the end of the project, the AmeriCorps members were responsible for putting on an event that helped unite a community. AmeriCorps members helped the success of a commemorative experience for residents that attended who have the opportunity to celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspire others to improve the lives of those around them.

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Historic Sewing Exhibit
Beverly Heritage Center is now supporting an exhibit on historic sewing notions as part of their rotating exhibit. Do you have a collection you'd like to showcase? Stop by the Beverly Heritage Center and let them know!

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Create Your State Tour
Are you interested in using creativity and the arts to elevate your hometown, build community, and catalyze social and economic change? Then join the Mountain Arts District for a special workshop on March 15. Gain positive skills and tools to help create change in places you love. 

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The 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count
Join local conservationists in a national bird survey February 17th in our own Glendale Park. Citizen Science data gathered from bird counts helps aid biologists across the globe. No birding experience? No problem! All are welcome and some materials will be provided. 

More Information Here

MNF Collections
Would you like to help the Forest Service organize some archaeological artifacts? MNF Collections is hosting an opportunity to learn more about how artifacts are cataloged and organized on March 3rd. All volunteers will need to sign and return a volunteer agreement form by March 1st, so make sure to contact them soon!

If interested, contact Archaeology Technician, Danielle Ellis at danielleellis@fs.fed.us or call 304-636-1800 ext.347
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Our mailing address is:

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
P.O. Box 1206
Elkins, WV 26241

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