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 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.
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.
Through a generous gift by Dick Bowlby and the Bowlby family and a matching gift from the WV Research Trust Fund, we have over $1 million in place to initiate the Hardwood Research Trust, a program designed to seek and fund innovative ideas related to the science of Appalachian hardwood management, processing, and product development that have the potential to increase the growth of the region's forest-based economy.
We are currently ready to solicit proposals to be funded by the HRT. If you have any ideas that fit the Mission of the HRT, and are willing to partner with a WVU researcher to further their development, please take this opportunity to apply for this funding.
Deadline has been extended to September 10, 2013 @ 5pm.
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.
While the data for the last two quarters has been updated in the application, the data was entered in its summarized form, so the report looks slightly different than the other reports in the application, even though the regional averages are the same. The printed report included here in PDF format is the official document that has the data just as it has always been presented.