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.
Thanks to a recent contribution from Noble Energy, West Virginia University and the independent exploration and production company will partner on a collaborative research proposal to enhance energy development.
A team of researchers from the School of Natural Resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Noble Energy will explore the possibility of using the non-composted, or “woods-run,” hardwood chips in filter sock application to control sediment transport during construction of unconventional well sites.
Filter socks allow water to flow at a controlled rate while trapping sediment and preventing the water from carrying harmful materials into streams. In addition to being used in places like construction sites, they are used on natural gas drilling sites and are filled with composted wood chips, which are transported on-site by trucks. Currently, composted chips must be used to adhere to government standards. When sites are cleared, the fresh wood (“woods-run”) chips created as a result of the clearing process are not utilized.
The 2015 Wood Byproducts Available and Needed survey has been completed and the new directory published. Some interesting changes in the market were observed during this year's surveys. Check out full 2015 Report and Directory here
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
Just Released for 2015! Find current contact and product information for W.Va. forest products companies. From consumer goods like customized furniture, mulch and log homes to commercial products like kiln-dried lumber and crossties, the directory has the information you need to locate Genuine W.Va. wood products.
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.