The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) at West Virginia University, is a jointly supported center of the WVU Extension Service and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.
The center was established in 1987 by the West Virginia Legislature to provide technical and research support for the state's growing wood products industry. The AHC is a center of excellence for outreach; extension and technology transfer; professional development; and applied research. The AHC serves sustainable natural resource-based businesses and communities as well as private forest landowners and natural resource professionals in the Appalachian forest region.
AHC Faculty members Dave McGill, Sheldon Owen, and Ben Spong worked with teachers across the state to intorduce forestry and wildlife topics that they can incorporate into their classrooms this fall.
The AHC and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have launched a new series of reports to help the industry gauge the level of activity in the forest products sector. We will be reporting the number of starting logging jobs as well as the acreage involved by month in comparison to last year, the three year, and ten year average values. Hopefully this will provide you with an interesting perspective into the status of the industry at any given time.
The Timber Market Report (TMR) web application is still not working correctly on the website after our server rebuild. In order to get the latest report out, we've included a copy of the latest report here in PDF format.
We routinely work on special projects for people throughout the state. Last year, with the help from several groups, we designed and built a replacement bridge for the Core Arboretum in Morgantown, WV. In order to get the bridge into place, we obtained the help of 60 WVU ROTC cadets (for more information see: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/01/23/building-bridges-many-hands-make-light-work-of-new-span-in-wvu-s-core-arboretum).
After this successful effort, we were contacted by LTC Timothy Vance, Battalion Commander with the 201st Field Artillery Regiment. The 201st is the oldest unit in the United States Army (circa 1735) and the only surviving unit of the original ten companies that formed the US Army in 1775 ( http://pages.suddenlink.net/201st/). LTC Vance wanted help with the construction of wooden display cases for two historical company flags – and of course we agreed!
Organized by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, West Virgina University Appalachian Hardwood Center, the NEWBio regional bioenergy consortium and the Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center
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Pellets and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) are two growing opportunities for the bioenergy industry in the region. Pellets - from wood or other biomass - continue to grow in popularity for domestic use and export markets. CHP systems from biomass remains one of the most cost effective and efficient uses of renewable biomass fuel.
How do you determine if a facility is a good fit for CHP? How can pellet producers take advantage of emerging markets? What are the regulatory and economic drivers of success? Join us for this outstanding short course where experts will be addressing these and other important questions that will allow you to identify successful opportunities and network with participants in the expanding bioenergy economy.