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.
Peter Smallidge, the Extension Forester at Cornell University hosts a top notch webinar series covering a variety of topics of interest for landowners to forestry professionals. These are managed under the his ForestConnect program. The past two speakers were both from West Virginia University's Appalachian Hardwood Center and they presented "An introduction to Silviculture" and "An Introduction to Harvesting Systems" Archived recordings of these webinars can be found on the ForestConnect YouTube channel. Both videos have been included here after the "read more" click
A new fact sheet has been developed that explains how to prepare, inoculate, and propagate shiitake mushrooms.
Shiitake mushrooms are part of the shiitake fungus, a species that consumes wood for energy. Cultivating shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) can be an integral part of forest farming. These gourmet mushrooms are a non-timber forest product that can be grown in the understory of woodlands as an added money-maker resource or in a backyard for personal use.
The 2014 Wood Byproducts Survey is now complete. Some interesting changes in the market were observed during this year's surveys. Byproducts produced are over 7500 tons higher per week this year compared to production in 2013. Demand is also up significnatly this year!
Check out the 2014 Report and Directory here
The 2014 Annual Wood Species & Design Survey was administered by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc (AHMI) at the spring High Point Furniture Market. The survey is a tally of the pieces on display in four furniture categories.
Walnut was the leading wood used in the bedroom and home office furniture categories, second in entertainment centers & wall units, and third in dining room furniture. This was the first time in more than a decade that walnut had topped any of the four
The 2014 Wood Byproducts Survey is in its final stage. Some interesting changes in the market have been observed so far from the returned surveys. Byproducts produced are nearly 6000 tons higher per week than the 2013 total; and the demand for wood byproducts is also higher than in past surveys.
Both of these results could be attributed to better survey response, and/or greater production and demand. Since one purpose of this survey is to provide a means of connection between the producers and the users of wood byproducts, this is a good trend.
The 2014 Wood Byproducts Directory will be soon available in PDF format on the AHC website. You can check out the 2013 Wood Byproducts information at this link.