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 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 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.
IKEA announced in 2012 (marketwired.com) it was transitioning to a “lean alternative shipping platform” that would eventually result in the phase out of all wood pallets within IKEA operations. According to BusinessWire, the OptiLedge, which is based on a Swedish innovation, has led to “IKEA stores being the first global example of how to work with non-wooden pallets in a high-volume retail environment.” This is another example of how a large retailer can affect the pallet/wood packaging material (WPM) industry. Costco set a block pallet standard that went into effect in January of 2011. The decision was based on several considerations, not least of which is the fact that block pallets provide full four-way entry. This decision sent ripples through the WPM industry but at least it still utilized wood as the raw material.
The AHC has published a new factsheet on the future of wood preservation. Check out the full document here.
The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium will be hosting a field tour demonstrating the establishment and growth of short rotation bioenergy crops on a reclaimed surface mined site in central West Virginia.
NEWBio researchers from West Virginia University will be leading the tour which will take place on July 31st 2014. Participants will be provided an update on NEWBio activities and will have the opportunity to visit a study site and view the development of bioenergy crops. Those attending the tour will see trial sites planted with Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), and giant cane (Arundo donax L) all three of which are potential bioenergy crops.