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THE APPALACHIAN HARDWOOD CENTER

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.


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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.

 

The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) is seeking hardwood sawmill cooperators in the Appalachian region to participate in the development of a regional log to lumber program.  The purpose of the program is to build a database of sawlogs and lumber yield data that mills can access to analyze their in-house yields, as well as, conduct comparative analyses with other mills.

The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) is seeking hardwood sawmill cooperators in the Appalachian region to participate in the development of a regional log to lumber program.  The purpose of the program is to build a database of sawlogs and lumber yield data that mills can access to analyze their in-house yields, as well as, conduct comparative analyses with other mills.  As a cooperator, a mill agrees to host the AHC for one or more mill studies.  During each mill study, individual logs are characterized by AHC personnel based on diameter, length, clear sides, defects, end conditions, scaling defects and log weight, among others, during the first day of a two day visit.  On the second day, each log is processed through the mill and each board and cant is tracked and its measurements and grade recorded. 

The benefits for the cooperating mill include an analysis of the test logs based on the AHC log characteristics and a second analysis of the yield results based on the mills assigned log grade and scale.  All the AHC log data and lumber/cant yields will then be incorporated into a web-based program for analysis by all cooperators.  Individual mill data will remain anonymous to all other users.  Cooperators will have the ability to sort the data according to their own specifications.  That is, a cooperator can use the AHC log data to construct a log grade similar to one or more of their own log grades for analysis purposes.  In this way, mills can do comparative analyses of aggregated data from a number of other mills.     

There is no out-of-pocket expense for the cooperating mill.  The AHC does ask that in-kind assistance provided during the mill studies be accounted for so that we can use it as matching funds for our research grant. 

If you are interested in becoming a cooperating mill, please contact one of the following individuals, who will be happy to answer any questions and schedule a visit with you:

Shawn Grushecky – 304-293-9417

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