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.
Extension Specialist Dave McGill was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate WBOY about fall foilage.
Predicted peak is over the next few weeks.
By Macall AllenMORGANTOWN -- Experts say we'll start to see the leaves change color and fall over the next few weeks. The West Virginia Extension Service, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources says the fall foliage process has already started. It says drought stress can cause the leaves to fall but trees such as Cherry, Buckeye and Elm drop their leaves earlier than Hickory and Maples which have the best colors. Colorful leaves are caused by the shortening day lengths which causes the leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, which colors them green.
"There are mechanisms inside the leaf that react to those changing day lengths and then all of the sudden there is a wall at the base of the leaf that begins to form and once that forms the leaf falls," said WVU Extension Specialist Dave McGill
McGill says to be sure and get out in the woods and you won't be disappointed.
Follow the link below to see the Division of Forestry's Fall Foliage Map.
An archive copy of a webinar presented by Dr. Dave McGill and Dr. Ben Spong of the Appalachian Hardwood Center and co-sponsored by the WV Forestry Association (www.wvfa.org), is available for anyone interested in these topics. It is an hour long presentation that you can watch from the comfort of home and at your own pace.
Please contact the WVFA for information on CFE credits if you are interested. They will be able to provide you with the paperwork and costs associated with the processing and management of these credits. This is an archive or recording of the presentation, so you will not be able to ask questions or communicate live with the presenters, however you can reach both of them through the AHC
The West Virginia Woodland Owners Association will hold their annual meeting on Saturday; September 25, 2010 in Elkview, WV from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will include both an indoor and outdoor woodland tour. Please register as soon as possible to reserve your attendance.