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.
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.
AHC Faculty members Dave McGill, Sheldon Owen, and Ben Spong worked with teachers across the state to intorduce forestry and wildlife topics that they can incorporate into their classrooms this fall. Local NBC Affiliate video of story after the jump
We routinely work on special projects for people throughout the state. Last year, with the help from several groups, we designed and built a replacement bridge for the Core Arboretum in Morgantown, WV. In order to get the bridge into place, we obtained the help of 60 WVU ROTC cadets (for more information see: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/01/23/building-bridges-many-hands-make-light-work-of-new-span-in-wvu-s-core-arboretum).
After this successful effort, we were contacted by LTC Timothy Vance, Battalion Commander with the 201st Field Artillery Regiment. The 201st is the oldest unit in the United States Army (circa 1735) and the only surviving unit of the original ten companies that formed the US Army in 1775 ( http://pages.suddenlink.net/201st/). LTC Vance wanted help with the construction of wooden display cases for two historical company flags – and of course we agreed!
The AHC and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have launched a new series of reports to help the industry gauge the level of activity in the forest products sector. We will be reporting the number of starting logging jobs as well as the acreage involved by month in comparison to last year, the three year, and ten year average values. Hopefully this will provide you with an interesting perspective into the status of the industry at any given time.