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.
As the culmination of a three year project the Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) hosted a tour on September 26, 2006, of log landing sites that had been re-vegetated with a variety of seed mixtures. The project goal was to develop techniques to stabilize soil after logging activities to reduce erosion and sedimentation of nearby streams. Forty-eight people participated in the tour including WVU researchers, lumber company representatives, WV Division of Forestry personnel, consulting foresters, and landowners.
The new 2009 Wood Byproducts Produced and Needed Directory has been released.
This directory presents information about the production and use of wood byproducts, including sawdust, bark, chips, shavings, slabs, and edgings, in West Virginia and areas of adjoining states where business is conducted in West Virginia during the summer of 2008. Information presented in this report was obtained through a mail survey of 372 primary and secondary wood products manufacturers and 103 potential users of wood byproducts identified by the Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC).
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