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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