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.
AHC staffer Larry Osborn is assisting a team of conservators at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (NASM) which is currently conducting a condition evaluation of the sole surviving example of the Horten H IX jet powered all-wing aircraft that was in development in Germany late in World War II. Much of the aircraft structure is wood.
In 2011, conservator Peter McElhinney attended a wood anatomy & identification workshop for conservators through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), which was taught by Larry Osborn of the Appalachian Hardwood Center and Dr. Terry Conners of the University of Kentucky. He asked both to assist in wood identification on the Horten project late in 2013.
Do you own a woodland 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?
The West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) hosted a webinar on the Status of Domestic Wood Packaging Material (dWPM) on January 24th, 2014. The following video is the archive copy of this webinar.
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 4th 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.