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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.

 

Do you own a wooded property and wonder about projects you might do to make it more productive? Or do you just like hearing about what woodland owners do to improve the woods they love so much?

If so, you’ll want to come out to a Walking Tour at the property of Duke and Justin Layfield in Lewis County.  These two were named the WV Tree Farmers of the Year in 2010. 

The walk is on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm.  The “get together” is sponsored by the West Virginia Woodland Owners Association, WVU Extension Service/Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia Forestry Association, the WV Tree Farm, and the WV Stewardship Program.

Duke and Justin Layfield will lead the tour and tell the group about some key strategies in maintaining access roads, controlling invasive plants, harvesting timber, and planting oak trees.  We will see a grove of native persimmon trees, wildlife food plots and ponds, and a fruit and berry orchard. 

The walking tour will cover generally flat ground with a few relatively steep sections, so it is recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes. Following the walking tour, a lunch will be provided.

This event is free, but please RSVP with Dan Magill (WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center) at 304-293-9419 or by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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