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Western Maryland Part of New Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

The National Parks Service has designated large swaths of Western Maryland and West Virginia Forest as the nation’s newest National Heritage Area. The mission of the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is to celebrate the forest’s historical role in providing the resources that fueled America’s growth and to highlight the region’s unparalleled beauty and unique cultural assets.

Over the next two to three years, the AFNHA will be working to create a partnership management plan to guide future work. AFNHA invites all stakeholders and interested parties to join the discussion. To learn more about the designation, follow this link, sign up for the AFNHA newsletter here, and plan to attend a stakeholders meeting. The first will be held May 6 in Keyser, WV, with more to follow. Follow this link to register.