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Kumbrabow State Forest, West Virginia

Kumbrabow State Forest, West Virginia

This forest management project focuses on the natural regeneration of black cherry, a highly sought-after hardwood species. Encouraging new black cherry growth promotes early successional habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock. The site also is part of the forest restoration area that enhances habitat for the recently delisted norther flying squirrel. Our project manager reports successful regeneration of black cherry in addition to other natural regeneration of native hardwoods including birch, maple, and beech. Work has been successful at eliminating competing hay scented and New York fern that grow dense enough to keep hardwood seed from sprouting. Diseased beech trees were removed to improved overall health of the forest. Excellent growing conditions in spring and summer 2009 resulted in thousands of young trees per acre. The trees average 6 -8” tall.

Photo of grouse courtesy of Wildlife Manager Cliff Brown. 

October 2010 comments from project manager:
“At the Turkeybone X project on Kumbrabow SF the fern treatment was completed this summer and the hardwood competition is nearly complete.  It took two seasons to get all the fern treated.  Thanks to Armstrong World Industries for acting quickly to support a timely forest management project that helps native high quality hardwood trees capture the site and become the next generation of high quality forest.”
This project is important because it maintains cherry as a viable component of this Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and it benefits wildlife dependent on cherry as a food source.

Reasons for undertaking the work:  This forest management project encourages natural regeneration of black cherry, a high quality hardwood prized for furniture, cabinetry, flooring and other wood products.  The Allegheny Hardwood site has had significant problems with high deer populations.  Deer eat young trees that would normally make up the next generation of forest.  Deer populations were reduced in 2007,2008 by severe winter weather and two years of reduced mast failure.  This project’s critically timed forest management techniques create openings in the forest canopy so that sunlight can reach the forest floor.  Sunlight is crucial for regeneration of  black cherry and other beneficial tree and shrub species important to wildlife.   The areas of new growth will provide habitat to support food and cover needs of ruffed grouse, woodcock, golden winged warblers, and the recently delisted WV northern flying squirrel.  

This project is proudly sponsored by Armstrong World Industries.

Project partners include: Armstrong World Industries, West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia DNR Wildlife Resources Section, West Virginia DNR Parks and Recreation Section, and the Hardwood Forestry Fund.

  • Project Initiation Date: Jul-09
  • Location: Kumbrabow State Forest , WV
  • Number of Trees: 400,000
  • Number of Acres: 110
  • Tree Species: Black cherry
  • Project Partner: WV Division of Natural Resources - Forestry

HPVA Celebrates 90th Anniversary in 2011

HPVA Celebrates 90th Anniversary in 2011

Congratulations to the members and staff of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association as they proudly celebrate their 90th anniversary representing producers, distributors, and suppliers of hardwood plywood, engineered hardwood flooring, and hardwood veneers. The HPVA started in 1921 as the Plywood Manufacturers Institute, and changed names, locations, and expanded its membership base throughout the years. The HPVA is currently based in Reston, VA and produces the annual “Where to Buy” Guide to Hardwood Plywood, Veneer, and Engineered Hardwood Flooring. The “Where to Buy 2011” is available free on line as a downloadable PDF.  To download the free version, to purchase a copy of the 2011 “Where to Buy,” or to learn more about the HPVA, visit http://www.hpva.org/. Environmentally concerned members of the HPVA’s natural resources committee started the Hardwood Forestry Fund in 1990. Today, the HPVA and many individual members support the sustainable forestry efforts of the Hardwood Forestry Fund.

John Grunwald Tree Planting Planned for Spring 2012

John Grunwald Tree Planting Planned for Spring 2012

The Hardwood Forestry Fund, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, is organizing a hardwood tree planting project in tribute to long-time industry advocate John Grunwald. The targeted spring 2012 tree planting will occur at Indiana’s Yellowwood State Forest under the direction of John Seifert – State Forester for Indiana and managed on the ground by Amy Spalding – a resource specialist with the Indiana DNR Division of Forestry.  This project is targeted to begin in Spring 2012 weather permitting and at the best judgement of professional foresters in charge of managing the site.  The Hardwood Forestry Fund is coordinating funding for the project and seeks donations from forest products industry and individuals. 
The planting site is a recent acquisition by IN-DNR. This project is being undertaken to show private landowners how to successfully convert an idle field to a productive high quality hardwood forest.  The effort targets native hardwoods that have high wildlife and commercial values – red oak, white oak, cherrybark oak, black walnut and black cherry. We will plant 18 acres with 16,000 trees in spring 2012. The trees will be managed for timber products with harvest beginning in 2097.
Because this is an Indiana project, the Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks contributions from Indiana-based companies. Our total goal is $10,900. (Budget breakdown is $5,000 for trees, planting labor and weed control $5,400, and signage $500.  (IN-DNR is providing site prep at an approximate cost of $2,000 as well as long term management of the site).  The HFF believes that prospective contributors would like to get involved with the project because it honors John Grunwald, a forest products industry advocate who worked aggressively for the forest products industry until his sudden death in April 2009.  John Grunwald will be remembered for his efforts that benefited hardwood timber production and active forest management on our nation’s forests. 
Donations can be sent to the Hardwood Forestry Fund, 1825 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston, VA, 20190. Write “Grunwald” on the memo line of your check. Contributions by credit card can be made at the Hardwood Forestry Fund’s website http://www.hardwoodforestryfund.org.  To find out more about this project, please contact Barbara McClendon at Barbara@hardwoodforestryfund.org.

Using seedling planting, direct seeding, and forest management techniques to promote natural regeneration, the Hardwood Forestry Fund creates sustainable forests on suitable and quality public sites. The young forests are managed for wildlife habitat, water quality, soil conservation, timber products, and natural resource education. The Hardwood Forestry Fund is a 501 (c) (3) educational foundation based in Reston, VA and is supported by forest products industry, conservation-focused foundations, and individuals.  Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. TAX ID: 54-1674210

The Hardwood Forestry Fund is a 501 (c) (3) educational foundation that establishes sustainable forests for future generations' natural resource needs. Contributions are tax-deductible.

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