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.
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With improving timber markets, timber buyers are now searching for wood from the thousands of private landowners around the state. This fall, the AHC will be sponsoring a number of workshops around the state that will help landowners better understand the opportunities and pitfalls of harvesting timber on their property. The program will provide background information on forest harvesting and its impacts and benefits to wildlife, the landowner's economic bottom line, and the short and long term aesthetics of the land.
For more information on these workshops or to be notified when the schedule comes out, please contact Ben Spong
What can landowners do to protect and improve the water quality in the streams and other waters that drain into the Chesapeake Bay? The Farm Service Bureau has announced funding opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that aims to accelerate tree planting along riparian areas within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This is a voluntary program with a contract period typically between 10 and 15 years. The program is in addition to other potential federal and state incentives.
In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production, farmers, ranchers and landowners in specially designated conservation areas can be paid an annual rate. States in the watershed include New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. In WV, this includes all or parts of 9 counties (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, and Monroe). The goal of the program is to increase the number of riparian forested buffers along waterways within the watershed. The buffers can filter sediment and absorb chemicals and other contaminants that might otherwise pollute the watershed.
Products that are challenging the traditional preservative treated wood markets have made some headway in high end niche markets. Heat treatments of wood and chemical modification using acetic anhydride to acetylate wood have been studied for many years and are now both commercially available. Both methods result in increased decay resistance and improved dimensional stability to different degrees. Strength properties of the wood are also affected mainly by heat treatments.
Prior to the start of some planned alterations to the interior finish flooring material, structural engineers within the church membership decided to evaluate the condition and perform a structural analysis of the existing floor system which consists of 3" X 12" solid wood joists and 1" tongue & groove wood flooring. Larry Osborn of the Appalachian Hardwood Center is identifying the wood species, and also sharing his past experiences with the evaluation of other large old wooden commercial and public buildings in the WV/PA area.