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Facilities and Centers

Appalachian Hardwood Center: Established in 1987 by the West Virginia state legislature, the Appalachian Hardwood Center provides research and technical support for the wood products industry.

Renewable Materials and Bioenergy Research Center: The primary objectives of the Renewable Materials and Bioenergy Research Center are to provide research leadership to the forest products sector in the Appalachian region, and to promote the success of the wood products industry and economic development in this region.

Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: The Cooperative Research Units were created to enhance graduate education in fisheries and wildlife sciences and to facilitate research among natural resource agencies and universities on topics of mutual concern.

University Research Forest: Located 12 miles east of Morgantown, straddling the borders of Monongalia and Preston Counties, the University Forest is part of the original Coopers Rock State Forest. It is managed to support programs in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources under terms of a lease from the West Virginia State Division of Forestry. It is used extensively as an outdoor laboratory and is the only state-owned experimental and research forest in the state.

University Farm Wood Lot: The University Farm Woodlot is a 107-acre tract located adjacent to the Animal Sciences Farm in Morgantown and is managed by the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. It includes a mixture of cove hardwoods of various ages and some plantings on exotic confer species such as bald cypress, Norway spruce and Douglas fir.

West Virginia University Natural History Museum: Housed in Percival Hall, our natural history museum provides enhanced learning opportunities, promotes economic development, and ensures maintenance of natural history collections in the Appalachians.

Westvaco Natural Resources Center:
Created through the generous support of the MeadWestvaco Corporation, the Westvaco Natural Resources Center offers a scenic and spacious setting for meetings, conferences, and courses in the heart of the West Virginia University Forest.