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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.

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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.


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 an Educational Walking Tour and Christmas tree Growers Workshop at the property of Jack Sturgill near Durbin in Pocahontas County, WV.

Also, 4 CFEs (Category-1) are being offered for this event provided a participant stays for both the Woodland Educational Tour and the Christmas Tree Workshop.

The walk is on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm. The "get together" is sponsored by the WV Woodland Owners Association, WVU Extension Service/Appalachian Hardwood Center, WV Christmas tree Growers Association, and the WV Tree Farm Program.


Jack Sturgill will lead the tour and tell the group about some key strategies in maintaining access roads, conducting tree thinning, crop tree release, and grapevine control, harvesting timber, and growing Christmas trees. We will also visit wildlife food plots and habitat areas on the property, as well as discuss invasive plant control including Japanese stiltgrass, etc.

Following the field tour and lunch, a Christmas Tree Growers Workshop will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm with Ed Grafton.

The walking tour will cover generally flat ground with a few relatively steep sections, so it is recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes. Following the walking tour, a free lunch will be provided. Registration is free and starts at 9:30 am. This is a free event but please RSVP with Dan Magill at: 304-293-9419 or by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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