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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 possibility of a requirement for all wood packaging material (WPM) to be "phytosanitized" arose in 2009 when the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) posted an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to that effect. This webinar on dWPM will cover the evolution of this specific issue as well as others in the time period from 2009 to the present. The West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) will host the event, scheduled for January 24th, 2014 at 1 pm.

Presentations will be given by:


  • Jeff Slahor—AHC and Host, Introduction and a brief summary of events as well as a brief description of the Wood Education & Resource Center (WERC) funded project making this informational webinar possible.
  • Paul Chaloux — APHIS, The evolution of APHIS's approach to dWPM as a vector in spreading invasive species such as the emerald ash borer as well as other issues related to dWPM.
  • Brent McClendon — National Wood and Pallet Container Association (NWPCA), will cover the history of managing the issue of invasive insects and their threat to US forests and forests worldwide.

Additional information about the NWPCA and USDA APHIS MOU (memorandum of understanding) to enforce the methyl bromide treatment program and background on work with the World Pallet Congress and their dealings at the international level with the International Plant Protection Convention will be shared.

  • John Swenby — 9BLOC™ Pallet Logistics & Unit Load Solutions, on how his organization offers the traditional "whitewood" pallet manufacturer a way to be more competitive and cost efficient in the ever tightening WPM market place.
  • Larry Osborn — WVU AHC, the history, research, and rationale behind dry pallets versus green pallets.

The webinar is free but attendance is limited so pre-registration will be required. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the presenters via a text based chat option. For more information and registration, contact Jeff Slahor, 304.293.9423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The webinar sponsors include the West Virginia University – Appalachian Hardwood Center and the U.S. Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue – SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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