The Monongahela Volunteer Program
AFHA is proud to partner with the Monongahela National Forest and other
community based, non-profit, governent, and commercial organizations in launching the Monongahela Volunteer Program.
The MVP will help accomplish on-the-ground projects such as trail work, tree planting,
and non-native invasive species control on the Monongahela. We will also be partnering
to assist with volunteer recruitment and recognition for a number of our AmeriCorps sub
PAST MVP PROJECTS
- April 25th and 26th – Tree Planting – We will be reforesting an old mine site at the headwaters of the Gauley River, just outside of Jerryville, WV in Webster County. We are promoting mined land reforestation and the associated environmental benefits, such as expedited natural succession, improved water quality by reestablishing riparian buffer zones, creation of wildlife habitats, etc. which will also provide more recreation opportunities such as fishing and hunting. The trees will be high-value hardwoods, such as black cherry, sugar maple, and red and white oak. This will be a two day event, held during national volunteer week. Our goal is to plant 5000 trees on ten acres. Meet at the intersection of Rt 20 and Gauley River Rd (Co. Rd 42) in Bolair, WV and south of Webster Springs, WV at 10:00am. Lunch will be provided, and all volunteers are welcomed to Camp Caesar for a celebration dinner Saturday night!
- May 15th – Pickin’ Round the Fire (Summit Lake Campground) – Come join us for some
Old-time and Bluegrass acoustic jam sessions! Everyone is welcome to pick or just sit by the fire and enjoy the tunes and the company. Playing will start at 8:00pm. Rain will cancel.
- May 23rd – Garlic Mustard Challenge (Summit Lake) – The Monongahela National Forest and Appalachian Forest Heritage Area have teamed up to challenge you to help keep West Virginia wild and wonderful by stopping the spread of one of the most invasive species found in our state. Help us reach our goal of removing 10,000 pounds of garlic mustard from public lands. A prize will be given to the group or individual that pulls the most!
- May 30th – Monongahela Volunteer Program (North Fork Trail)
- June 6th – National Trails Day - Join us for a nature hike along the cow pasture trail in the Monongahela national forest! The trail borders the cranberry glades and the cranberry wilderness, so be prepared for spectacular scenery. We will meet at the cranberry glades parking lot at 10:00 am. The trail is about 7.5 miles and should take 4 hours to complete. Bring a lunch and water. Rain or shine.
- June 12th – Pickin’ Round the Fire (Cranberry Campground)
- June 13th – National Get Outdoors Day (Cranberry Mountain Nature Center) – a FREE event encouraging healthy, active outdoor fun! There will be opportunities for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Our goal is to reach first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors. Parents are welcome too! RSVP by June 1st. Activities will be from 2-4pm and will include a scavenger hunt, nature walk through the Cranberry Glades, nature crafts, and more!
- June 20th – Monongahela Volunteer Program (County Line Trail)
- July 10th – Pickin’ Round the Fire (Summit Lake Campground)
- July 11th and 12th – Monongahela Volunteer Program (Middle Fork Trail)
- July 18th – Monongahela Volunteer Program (County Line Trail)
- August 1st and 2nd – Monongahela Volunteer Program (North Fork Trail)
- August 7th – Pickin’ Round the Fire (Cranberry Campground)
- August 8th – Monongahela Volunteer Program (Middle Fork Trail)