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The WV Division of Forestry (WVDOF) initiated the West Virginia Timber Market Report (TMR) in 1989 for the Managed Timberland program. The purpose of the TMR is to give forest industry and private landowners an estimate for current stumpage market conditions. Likewise, it is a tool that can be used to track timber market conditions over time.

Now the Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) is partnering with the WVDOF to produce a quarterly stumpage report. Surveys are distributed on a quarterly basis to current operators listed with the WVDOF and consulting foresters from the database at the Appalachian Hardwood Center. If you would like to participate, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (304) 293-9425.
 

How to Use This Site

To view report data, please select a year and quarter from the pull down menu on the left.  Once a selection is made, the report will automatically be populated in the two tables below.  The reported values in BLACK text are averages stumpage prices.  The sample sizes are noted in BLUE text.

How much pulpwood can reasonably be produced in West Virginia?

In an exercise for the WV Division of Forestry et al., a combination of timber harvest and resource assessment data were used to develop estimates of potential pulpwood production in West Virginia. Harvest data are based on those harvests reported to the West Virginia Division of Forestry under the LSCA program. Harvest data were summarized for each county and year, and a 5-year (2006-2010) average was developed for each county in West Virginia. Pulpwood availability was estimated to be 25 tons per harvested area. While this number can be highly variable, based on a number of factors, this may be our best guess for partially harvested stands in West Virginia.  While it may seem unreasonable to some, knowledge shared with us from other operators in the central Appalachian region help to validate this number.  On a recent pulpwood dominated (very few sawlogs in 27 year old stand) clearcut in Oh, AHC staff were told that the operator was averaging ~67 tons of pulp per acre harvested.  While most harvests in West Virginia are not clearcuts, it does help us put our estimate in perspective.

 

Presentations delivered at "Best Management Practices in West Virginia -- are they working?" workshop sponsored by the  WV Division of Forestry, WV Forest Stewardship Committee, and the WVU Extension Service

Shawn Grushecky's Presentation "How do we measure BMP effectiveness and implementation? Research on land use and sediments on the Elk river Click Here

Ben Spong's Presentation on BMP’s compliance-- What does the research show?  Click Here

Nicolas Zegre's Presentation on The Science of Hydrology and BMPs  Click Here

Brian McDonald's Presentation on Reclamation Alternatives – New Research Findings  Click Here

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