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.
On (Saturday) November 17, 2012, The Annual West Virginia Woodland Owners Association Meeting will be held in Elkins, WV: Cost to attend is $25.00 per person. The meeting will be held at the Wood Technology Center from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Lots of new factsheets from the AHC have recently been added to our document library. Please check them out!
November 2-4, 2012 at Jacksons Mill, Lewis County, WV
Would you like to learn more about your woodlands and explore opportunities to create your ideal woodland?
This workshop covers forest and wildlife topics like:
Basic tree identification
Game and non-game wildlife ecology
How not to sell timber
Who can help with your woodlands?
Lecturers are professional forestry and wildlife managers and scientists from natural resources agencies and organizations. Classroom and field-based lectures and exercises give participants the opportunity to interact with others to learn important concepts and techniques. This workshop is designed for woodland owners, educators, nature enthusiasts, and farmers, but all are welcome to register.
Contact Sheldon Owen for more information or to register.
Hosted by WVU Extension Service
Saturday October 27th, 2012
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the MeadWestvaco Natural Resources Center, WVU Research Forest
To register or for more information please contact Sheldon Owen
Come out on Saturday, October 27th from 1 to 4 pm and enjoy an afternoon discussion on furbearer ecology and trapping techniques. This course will be held at the MeadWestvaco Natural Resources Center located on the WVU Research Forest. Beginners to experts of any age are welcome to learn and practice new techniques and share their own trapping strategies. We will present on new trapping regulations, give furbearer status updates, and have field demonstrations on snaring, dog proof traps, dirt hole sets, and land and water sets with Conibear traps.
|Partners:||WVU Extension Service||WVU Division of Forestry|
|WV Division of Natural Resources||WV Trappers Association|
|ABC Humane Animal Removal||USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services|
West Virginia University celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Land-Grant Act with a day of fun, snacks, and fascinating facts at the Family Day at the Farm on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. The Appalachian Hardwood Center and Wood Science and Technology program hosted a station that provided hands on activities for visitors of all ages.
Drs. Shawn Gurshecky and David Devallance showcased a testing rig that let visitors guess and then experimentally break different species of wood to help understand some of the different properties of wood. Most everyone underestimated the amount of force a beam would hold before breaking as well as the amount of stress that a small thin piece of wood veneer would take before ripping apart. Dr. Ben Spong led the other activity that provided sticks of white oak and red oak that were dipped in bubble solution to illustrate how wood cells are similar to straws. All trees are different, with some adapting their structure to prevent water loss by naturally plugging some of the straws in their structure (white oak) and others that do not like red oak. By blowing through the stick, you can figure out if it's red oak or white oak by looking for the huge number of bubbles that form!