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
Presentations given by Shawn Grushecky at the 2008 16th Central Hardwoods Conference held in West Lafayette, IN