WV Timber Series-2017

In 2017, Jean produced a radio series for West Virginia Public Broadcasting about the timber and wood products industry in the state of West Virginia, following the story from tree seedlings to final products.

Segment 1:  Yes, Money Can Grow on Trees

An economic overview of the timber and wood products industry in West Virginia, and how seedlings get started in the woods.

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Segment 2:  From Unending Canopy to Ashes and Back Again

A short history of timbering in West Virginia from 1880 – 1920.

Credit: West Virginia Encyclopedia

A logging train near Dobbin, West Virginia. Circa 1910. Credit: West Virginia Encyclopedia

 

Segment 3:  Timber Management: Which Trees to Cut and Why

The work of timber cruisers and procurement foresters

A tree marked for cutting.

A tree marked for cutting.

 

Segment 4:  Logging in West Virginia: Finding a Balance Between Preservation and Profits

Most of the timber cutting in West Virginia is carried out by small-scale loggers.  We follow one — Scotty Cook — as his crew work on a mountain in southern Randolph County.

Cook and a member of his crew hook a felled tree to a skidder.

Cook and a member of his crew hook a felled tree to a skidder.

 

Segment 5:  Logging in West Virginia: Mechanization Driving Change in Logging Practices

An increasing number of logging companies are using sophisticated machines which are faster and safer than using chainsaws.  We hear a Tiger Cat machine — owned by Huffman Logging in Petersburg — fell a tree, cut off its branches and cut the downed tree to log lengths — all in just a minute or two.

This machine can grab a tree, cut it, place it safely on the ground, cut off the branches and cut it into log lengths — in just a couple of minutes.

 

Segment 6:  West Virginia Timber: From Tree to Boards in Less Than An Hour

A sound-rich journey through one of West Virginia’s most sophisticated sawmills.

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Segment 7:  West Virginia Timber Feeds In-State Flooring Plant

How a sawed board of lumber becomes beautiful hardwood flooring — a visit to the largest pre-finished hardwood flooring factory in North America.

2½ million feet of finished flooring ready to be loaded on trucks and shipped across the United States and Canada.

2½ million feet of finished flooring ready to be loaded on trucks and shipped across the United States and Canada.

 

Segment 8:  West Virginia Timber: Furniture Company Thriving in Berkeley Springs

The Appalachian hardwoods that grow in West Virginia and surrounding states make high quality furniture.   Gat Creek in Berkeley Springs build handcrafted, solid wood furniture  — tables, beds, sideboards and other pieces — using both sophisticated technology and hands-on skills.

Dovetail joints show the detail put into Gat Creek furniture.

Dovetail joints show the detail put into Gat Creek furniture.

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