WVU Forests

Home » About Us » Facilities » WVU Forests
Overview | Computers | Facilities for Field Instruction | Libraries | Classrooms / Seminar Rooms | WVU Research Forest | Conference Center

The West Virginia University Research Forest is located 10 miles northeast of Morgantown and encompasses an area of 7,600 acres. It is managed by the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources under terms of a 100-year lease from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The forest cover consists of 60 to 80-year-old stands of mixed oak and mesophytic hardwood types. There is a limited area of conifer plantations on the forest. Owing to its proximity to campus, faculty and students use the research forest for classes and research. Many of the labs for required Forestry and Forest Management courses are conducted at the University Research Forest.

The direct responsibility for day-to-day operations on the research forest is in the hands of the Forest Manager who reports to the Division Director. The University Research Forest includes the Forest Manager’s residence, office, vehicle, and equipment garages, as well as a maintenance shop, tool storage building, and a building to house the sawmills. The Forest Planning and Coordinating Committee, composed of faculty from each of the Division’s program areas, initiates policy governing the projects carried out on the forest.

The Westvaco Natural Resources Center serves as a site for training sessions, classes, conferences, and meetings. The facility is 5,000 square feet with an attached 1,600 square foot covered pavilion. It houses the Forest Manager’s office and an apartment for visiting instructors. The Westvaco Natural Resources Center is managed by a Program Coordinator whose office is located in Percival Hall.

The University Farm Woodlot is a 107-acre tract located less than 3 miles from Percival Hall. It is used primarily for field instruction, outdoor labs for courses offered by the Division, and for research. About 20 acres of this tract are covered with pine and yellow-poplar plantations. The remainder consists of natural hardwood stands of all ages. The tract is owned by the University and managed by the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The Tygart Valley Forest is a 500-acre tract of mixed oak, yellow-poplar, and pitch pine located 75 miles south of the WVU campus. This tract was acquired by the University in 1971 and is used for field studies by a variety of students.

The Core Arboretum is a 75-acre tract of open land, upland forest, and bottomland forest adjacent to the Evansdale Campus. The Arboretum affords a variety of natural habitats in which several hundred species of native and exotic trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants may be seen. Three and one-half miles of marked trails lead through this area. The manager of the Core Arboretum has a Master’s Degree from the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.