Appalachian Habitat Association

Science Based Management of Wildlife Habitat on Public Lands

The Appalachian Habitat Association (AHA) was established to maintain and promote a science-based approach to the management of wildlife habitat for the benefit of game and non-game species on publicly owned federal and state lands that are primarily, but not exclusively, in the Virginia counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Highland, Rockbridge and Craig. 

The AHA promotes education about wildlife habitat through various means including awarding college and graduate scholarships to Virginia students enrolled in programs associated with wildlife, wildlife biology, wildlife habitat, forestry, conservation, silviculture, invasive species control and other courses of study that are appropriately associated with benefiting wildlife. 

The AHA also promotes education about wildlife habitat by supporting research efforts that may assist in better understanding wildlife needs and wildlife habitat development. 

The AHA raises funds and in-kind contributions from various private and public sources through multiple outreach efforts.  The funds and contributions are used to directly help pay for and/or establish improved wildlife habitat on federal and state public lands in the previously named counties of Virginia, and to fund the scholarships and education programs and research. 

Representatives to the AHA include individuals involved with all wildlife and habitat for all forms of wildlife from insectsbirds and bees to deer, quail, turkey, bear, grouse and the many varieties of fish and plant life. 

In order to provide a comprehensive program of support for habitat improvement on publicly owned state and federal lands we work closely with many other groups and agencies including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Virginia Deer Hunters Association (VDHA), Izaak Walton League of America, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the Ruffed Grouse Society and Quail Forever.

The Appalachian Habitat Assocation includes among it's members a variety of Wildlife Enthusiasts who care about...

. . . preserving and improving all manner of wildlife on public land.


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Appalachian Habitat Association2 days ago
Field Day Opportunity!

The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District will host a field day on Friday, April 19, 2024. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Dave Peters farm, field day location, 489 Cowpasture River Hwy, Millboro, Virginia 24460. The group will hear the farm history from owner, Dave Peters. Natural Resources Conservation Service and Virginia Department of Forestry will then show and discuss riparian buffers. Agency employees will discuss conservation programs. We will then break for a complimentary lunch. After lunch there will be a farm tour and observations of forest farming opportunities. The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District regular meeting will be held before the field day beginning at 9:30AM at the same location. The meeting is open to the public. Participants should RSVP for the field day and lunch by Wednesday, April 17, 2024, by contacting the Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District Office at (540) 839-4616 or email A full detailed agenda of the day is also available.
Appalachian Habitat Association
Appalachian Habitat Association3 weeks ago
AHA offering 4 scholarships this year

One of the goals of the Appalachian Habitat Association is to promote education and research designed to improve wildlife habitat and conservation. One way we do this is to provide students who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs of study related to wildlife habitat and conservation with scholarships to pursue their studies.

They may attend programs outside of the region but applicants must be from the counties of Allegheny, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Highland and Rockbridge to qualify.

The AHA is offering four scholarships in the amounts of $6,000, $4,000 (two), and $3,000. These scholarships will be awarded to the top four applicants.

Eligible students may be graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled or are planning to pursue an education that will lead to a two-year, four-year or higher degree in a course of study associated with Forestry, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Habitat Management, Conservation Resources, Conservation Criminal Justice or a similar field associated with improving wildlife habitat and/or protecting wildlife.

Applications are due by May 31.

Applications may be downloaded from the AHA website at

Applications may also be obtained from the Guidance Officers at all area High Schools within the region, as well as Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, or by emailing

Eligible students must be from the counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Highland and Rockbridge.