Stuart Moss

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Stuart Moss, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Forest Business Management

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-6465
Fax: (304) 293-2441
Email: Stuart.Moss@mail.wvu.edu


Ph.D. (Forest Resources Science), West Virginia University, 2011

M.B.A., Georgia College & State University, 1997

M.S. (Forest Soils), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1986

B.S. (Forest Resources Management), University of Kentucky, 1983

Professional Employment

West Virginia University
Assistant Professor, 2004-Present

Self-Employed Timberland Investment Analyst, 2002-2004

West Virginia State University
Adjunct Professor of Business Management, 2003

F&W Forestry Services
Manager, Forest Business Group, 1999-2001
Corporate Manager & Large Client Coordinator, 1997-1999
Branch Manager, 1991-1997

Canal Forest Resources
Technical Analyst & Manager of Software Development, 1989-1991

University of Georgia, School of Forest Resources
Forest Soils Research Coordinator, 1987-1989

Virginia Tech, Department of Forestry
Graduate Research Assistant, 1984-1986

Courses Taught

FMAN 433 – Forest Management
FMAN 434 – Forest Resources Management Planning
FMAN 440 – Forestry Consulting
FMAN 450/650 – Forest Valuation & Investment
FOR 340 – Natural Resource Entrepreneurship
WDSC 232 – Wood Procurement & Grading
FMAN 400 – Forest Resources Management Field Practice (team taught w/ FRM faculty)

Research Interests

Management of non-industrial, private forestland
Marketing of professional forestry services to the public
Economics and management of small-scale timber harvesting enterprises
Investment characteristics of timberland and strategies for timberland investors
Applications of option pricing techniques to forest valuation and timber leases
Factors affecting hardwood stumpage prices

Professional Affiliations

WV Registered Professional Forester
Association of Consulting Foresters
West Virginia Forestry Association
Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society
Delta Mu Honor Society in Business Management

Selected Publications

Moss, S.A. and E. Heitzman. 2013. The Impact of Professional Foresters on NIPF Timber Harvests in West Virginia. Proceedings of the 18th Central Hardwoods Conference. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report. NRS-P-117: 390-403.

Moss, S.A. and E. Heitzman. 2013. The Economic Impact of Timber Harvesting Practices on NIPF Properties in West Virginia. Proceedings of the 18th Central Hardwoods Conference. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report. NRS-P-117: 129-141.

Moss, Stuart and Daniel Hedderick. 2012. An Economic Evaluation of a Small-Scale Timber Harvesting Operation in Western Maryland, USA. Small-scale Forestry. 11:101-117.

Moss, Stuart. 2011. The Silvicultural and Economic Impact of Professional Forestry Assistance on Timber Harvests on Non-industrial, Private Forestland in West Virginia. PhD Dissertation. West Virginia University. 123 pp.

Moss, Stuart. 2009. Marketing Your Business. The Consultant (Fall 2009): 32-35. The Association of Consulting Foresters, Alexandria, VA.

McGill, David, Shawn Grushecky, Stuart Moss, Chad Pierskalla and Al Shuler. 2008. Landowner Willingness to Engage in Long-Term Timber Leases in West Virginia, USA. Small-scale Forestry 7:105-116.

Moss, Stuart and Kathryn Arano. 2006. A Comparison of Taxes Incurred During the Production and Delivery of Hardwood Sawtimber in Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. 10 pp. Final Report to the West Virginia Forestry Association, Ripley, WV.