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.
Organized by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, West Virgina University Appalachian Hardwood Center, the NEWBio regional bioenergy consortium and the Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center
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Pellets and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) are two growing opportunities for the bioenergy industry in the region. Pellets - from wood or other biomass - continue to grow in popularity for domestic use and export markets. CHP systems from biomass remains one of the most cost effective and efficient uses of renewable biomass fuel.
How do you determine if a facility is a good fit for CHP? How can pellet producers take advantage of emerging markets? What are the regulatory and economic drivers of success? Join us for this outstanding short course where experts will be addressing these and other important questions that will allow you to identify successful opportunities and network with participants in the expanding bioenergy economy.
We are in the process of finalizing a major update to the AHC's website. This update will ensure that our users will have excellent access to all the resources and services provided by the Hardwood Center.
We still have a few areas to clean up with the new website, so please bear with us as we get the last few links working. If you come across anything that isn't working, please contact Ben Spong with the details and we'll get it updated as soon as possible.
AHC Researcher Jeff Slahor has just published an updated information sheet on current issues with Domestic Wood Packaging Material (dWPM). Please check out the full information sheet at this link
Dr. Sheldon Owen's backyard wildlife program at the Morgantown Library was covered by the local television news channel. WBOY summarized the program and included the following video clip:
'Green Nights' at the Morgantown Library provided an eco-friendly way to increase or improve wildlife in your backyard. Sheldon Owen, a wildlife biologist from the WVU Extension Services, said there are three basic requirements for bringing more animals to your neck of the woods.
"If you can provide some food source for wild life, maybe a water source and also some shelter. Be it a bird house, or some trees to provide some type of thermal protection or cover," said Owen. "These are simple things that you may actually have in your backyard, or you may have to build some bird houses, or provide some water source, or just putting out a bird feeder."
The second part of the night included how to manage wildlife damage or unwanted wildlife.
Mary Beth Adams shared these images of the storm damage on the Fernow Experimental Forest near Parsons, WV. The heavy snows from Hurricane Sandy toppled trees across the region and some areas are still without power -- weeks after the storm.