“West Virginia is the second most forested state in the nation,” said Shawn Grushecky, assistant director of the AHC. “The efficient utilization of woody biomass could benefit the local economy for years by increasing job opportunities and markets for the wood products sector.”
Conference attendees will learn about financing opportunities, federal cost-share programs, long-term contractual issues, and emerging technologies. Speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities for forestry in new carbon markets. The conference will also feature technical and poster presentations and exhibits. This meeting will provide an excellent environment for attendees to network and foster the development of wood biomass projects in West Virginia.
The conference will be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, W.Va., beginning with an evening reception Monday, Sept. 21, and continue with presentations and sessions Tuesday, Sept. 22.
To learn more about the conference please visit the website at www.wvbiomass.org. There is no cost to attend the conference, but pre-registration is required. You may register online, or contact Grushecky at (304) 293-9417 or via e-mail at .
The Appalachian Hardwood Center is a jointly supported center of the WVU Extension Service and the WVU Davis College. 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.