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Mesophytic Cove Forest Management in the Central Appalachians: Learning Exchange

September 10 @ 9:00 am - September 11 @ 12:30 pm

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Landscape view by S. Austin

Credit: Samuel H Austin, USGS. Public domain.

September 10 at 9:00 a.m. – September 11 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: WVU Natural Resources Center
1397 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Please book your lodging as soon as possible. Area options are filling up quickly due to an unrelated local event.

Background: The Central Appalachian ecoregion spans the Appalachian, Allegheny, and Blue Ridge mountain ranges in northwestern North Carolina to southern Pennsylvania. This ecoregion consists of many geologic variations, contains the largest drainage divide in the eastern US between the Atlantic Slope and Mississippi Valley rivers, and  consists of FSC-identified Critical Biodiversity Areas. This region is characterized by several different forest types, as species composition varies with geology and/or elevation. One forest type of special interest is mesophytic coves. Mesophytic cove forests are highly diverse hardwood forests in the Appalachian region that occur on sheltered, low- to mid-elevation valleys and ravines. While mesophytic cove forests are not particularly rare, sites that exhibit later successional characteristics and still retain a dense canopy and high overstory and understory species diversity are quite rare. In the last two centuries over 95 percent of this forest type has been converted or degraded to some degree.

Event: Join us for two days of information exchange and outdoor learning as we delve into the ecology and silviculture of mesophytic coves, how to identify them, and opportunities for enhancement of these sites through responsible forest management. Responsible forest management techniques include identifying hydrologic impacts of operations, managing invasive plants, and emulating natural disturbance regimes in harvesting techniques.


Please bring:

  • footwear that can get muddy,
  • insect repellent (optional)
  • Sunscreen (optional)


  • Coffee during registration on first day.
  • Lunch on the first day.
  • Water and small snacks before leaving for field site on first day.
  • Coffee during morning of second day.
  • Water and snacks before leaving for field site on second day.

Sites: We will have two field visits during this workshop. Each trail is less than 2 miles.


September 10 @ 9:00 am
September 11 @ 12:30 pm
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