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.
The possibility of a requirement for all wood packaging material (WPM) to be "phytosanitized" arose in 2009 when the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) posted an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to that effect. This webinar on dWPM will cover the evolution of this specific issue as well as others in the time period from 2009 to the present. The West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) will host the event, scheduled for January 24th, 2014 at 1 pm.
Presentations will be given by:
The 2nd Quarter 2013 Timber Market Report data has been summarized and published. Check out the most current data on Stumpage Prices for West Virginia using our online web application.
On Tuesday August 20th, Jeff Slahor of the Appalachian Hardwood Center, assisted Dr Chen of Virginia Tech demonstrate a unique method of phytosanitation of ash firewood, funded by the USDA WERC. The wood sealed in a flexible container, was subjected to vacuum followed by approximately 2 hours of steam. The internal target temperature, as indicated by several thermocouples, of 60 degrees C was reached and held for another hour. The goal was to demonstrate a 100% kill rate of the emerald ash borer.
The 2013 Wood byproducts Directory has been published with the most current survey results and directory information. This directory is invaluable for businesses and individuals seeking wood residues for their own use as well as for primary and secondary wood products organizations that are looking for markets for their wood byproducts.
Do you own a wooded property and wonder about projects you might do to make it more productive? Or do you just like hearing about what woodland owners do to improve the woods they love so much?
If so, you'll want to come out to a Woodland Educational Walking Tour at the property of Bill Slagle, the 2013 WV Tree Farmer of the Year, near Hazelton in Preston County, WV.