The 35th Annual AB Brooks Memorial Forestry Symposium will be held on March 1 from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm as a Virtual meeting using Zoom interactive meeting technology.

Registrants will receive an invitation to the program once they’ve provided their registration fee. The invitation will provide each registrant access to the full program via the interactive zoom platform.

Registrants will need a computer with access to the internet through wifi or a mobile cell phone with internet access using mobile data or wifi.


Registration Details

Registration (Before February 25th):  $35 for Members / $75 for Non-members
Late Registration (After February 25th):  $45 for Members / $90 for Non-members

Fee includes 2.5 hrs of CFE Credit

AB Brooks 35th Annual Memorial Forestry Symposium Agenda

March 1st, 8:30 am to 12:15 pm on Zoom

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • WVFA President John Holstine and Executive Director Eric Carlson

Products made in WV

An expert panel from various key sectors, specifically flooring, railroad ties, by-products, and engineered wood address the current and future market for their products. The focus is on current market conditions, the factors most affecting the market, and projections of demand for these products over the next six months to a year… with a Q&A session at the conclusion of their presentations.

  • Flooring Market Update – Tony Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring
  • Treated Timbers & Ties Updates – Buddy Downey and Jason Dallas, Stella-Jones
  • Engineered Wood – Gene Shutler, Weyerhaeuser Corporation
  • Pellets/Byproducts – Roger Burd, Lignetics Corporation
  • Question & Answer Period

Export Market for Hardwood Lumber and Log Update

A frank discussion about the current state of the export market
for hardwood lumber and logs. Given that almost fifty percent of the hardwood lumber produced in Appalachia is
exported, this should be an interesting and lively presentation by the experts from AHEC!

  • Tripp Pryor and Mike Snow, American Hardwood Export Council
  • Question & Answer Period

Carbon credit opportunities for small acreages

Changes in the carbon market to allow entry by smaller acreages could prove profitable for many WV landowners. Campbell Moore, with TNC, discusses the market for carbon and the potential opportunities for landowners to enter and profit from that market.

  • Campbell Moore, Director, Central Appalachian Region, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Break @ 10:30

Forest Management Challenges and Opportunities

A select group of experts discuss critical management issues and
initiatives in this fast-paced panel discussion focused on new initiatives, the constant threats from invasive species, and unique approaches to logging.

  • The Wildlife Initiative – Henning Stebbins, Wildlife Biologist, Weyerhaeuser Corporation
  • Invasive Species and WV Forests – Andrew Liebhold, USDA Forest Service
  • Tethered Logging – Joe Currie, Lyme Timber Company
  • Question & Answer Period

State Forester Update –

An update on state forestry issues by our State Forester.

  • Tom Cover

Legislative Update

Key bills and policy changes initiated in our WV state legislature in 2021, as explained by two
seasoned legislative professionals, with a significant focus on natural resource issues.

  • Eric Carlson and Phyllis Cole

Adjourn @ 12:15