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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.


Ben Spong form the Appalachian Hardwood Center will be the presenter this month in Cornell University's ForestConnect foresty webinar series.  This month's webinar is titled:  "Forest Harvesting Systems" and will be presented two times -- March 18th at 12:00 noon and 7:00pm.  Both of these presentations will last approximatley one hour and there will be opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.  A recording of this and other webinars in this series will be archived on the ForestConnect YouTube page.    SAF Credits available for live participation!

Summary and participation information below:


Figuring out when and which tress to harvest are just the first couple of decisions that need to be made before removing timber from a property.  Next, the logger must figure out how to physically get the trees on the ground, moved to the roadside landing, processed into logs, and loaded onto trucks.  Loggers have a variety of options when it comes to the number of different workers, tools, and pieces of equipment they can use to get the job done.  In order to choose the best harvesting system, site characteristics, weather, price, access, landowners preference, and other factors play into the decision.  Learn about how to match the different harvesting systems to the right site and discover some innovative approaches used in the NE and around the world.   Presented by Dr. Ben Spong, Forest Harvesting Specialist, West Virginia University.

Access Information 

Here are the details on how to connect to the forthcoming ForestConnect Webinar.  The instructions below includes the process for you to obtain your unique “registration id” for this month’s webinar.  Note that webinars are live at noon and 7PM, for an hour each, but the meeting space is reserved from noon until 8PM. 

SAF CFE credits have been approved.  [special note – the registration page via #2 below now includes the request for CEU documentation]

If you have not previously joined a webinar, you should evaluate your connection with a test meeting here http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html


  1. Read all these instructions.
  2. You need a personal registration ID to join this month’s webinar.  There is unlimited space for participants, the ID simply provides you the necessary access code.  Obtain your registration ID via:   https://cornell.webex.com/cornell/onstage/g.php?d=640215773&t=a    If prompted for a password, use            ForestConnect1          (the word “ForestConnect” and the number “1”, without spaces and capitalize the first “F” and the first “C”).  If you want CEU documentation, please provide that information on the registration page (this modification was Beta tested, and we will see if it works in reality).
  3. On the webpage where the above link takes you, look for the option to “register” to receive your “registration id” number.  Note this page also includes the option to download resources related to this webinar (if available).
  4. Wait for the email that contains your personal “registration id” number (a couple minutes at most usually).
  5. Pasted below is an example of the email you will receive after following the preceding steps.
  6. As illustrated in my example below, join the webinar via the “click here” button to open into your default web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Firefox).  The “click here” button should open into the webinar, or display a page indicating the webinar is not active.  If the webinar is not active, that means the host isn’t connected and you will need to wait until the host connects.  If the page opens into a rather generic “Cisco WebEx” page then your browser may not be compatible with WebEx and you should copy and paste the full link (see example below, it follows “click here”) into an alternate web browser.  Using an alternate web browser usually solves most connection problems.
  7. Test the sound capacity of your computer by accessing a website with sound (e.g., video clip on a news website, Youtube, etc.). 
  8. As you enter the webinar, you may be asked to test your media player.  If so, you will need to complete that step.
  9. As you enter the webinar, you will be given the option to download software; you can bypass that step and enter the webinar directly.  I’m not aware of any problems that have arisen from downloading the software (which streamlines subsequent access, but you should make this decision for yourself.


Example of Email with Participant Registration ID and Access Link

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