The AF Rural NMTC property consists of 46,054 acres in one large parcel located in Clay County, West Virginia. The majority of the property is situated between the towns of Clay and Summersville in West Virginia.
|Property Name||Allegheny NMTC Forestlands, LLC|
|Coordinates||N 38° 27′ 2″ W 80° 58′ 8″|
|Previous Owner||Widen Properties|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian upland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Landmark Forestry, LLC|
|Address||P.O. Box 205, Horner, WV – 26372|
The AF Rural NMTC property (46,048 acres) is comprised of one tract in Clay County. Most of the property lies near US 19 and State Route 4. The property is generally located southeast of the Elk River, east of Pisgah Ridge, north of Leatherwood Creek and west of the Clay /Nicholas County line. The small communities of Dille, Dundon, Swandale and Widen are within the AF Rural NMTC property. Charleston, West Virginia is about a forty-minute drive from the property. There are no major roads that traverse the property. Most of the roads are single to double lane county roads. All are capable of sustaining heavy truck traffic throughout the year and receive regular maintenance during the winter months. US Route 19, State Route 4 and several county roads provide access to all parts of the property. Numerous management roads transect the property to provide further access.
The AF Rural NMTC property was purchased from Paul B. Barringer II etal. The property has an interesting industrial ownership history. The AF Rural NMTC property is a greater portion of a survey of 93,000 acres of land granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to William Wilson on December 31, 1795. According to local legend, William Wilson was granted the property for his service in the Revolutionary War but he purchased the land grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1837 title became vested in the West Virginia Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company. One of the major stockholders of the West Virginia Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company was William H. Edwards. Mr. Edwards purchased the property at a public judicial sale and the deed was executed in 1866. J.D. Cameron and several Pennsylvania businessmen purchased the property and formed the Elk River Coal and Lumber Company in 1904. Pittston Coal Company purchased the property in 1960. Pegasus Resource Company, a subsidiary of Pittston, was conveyed the property in fee in 1984. In 1990 Pegasus conveyed the property to Prospect Land and Development (PLADCO). PLADCO conveyed the surface and timber to Paul B. Barringer II Trust in 1991 and retained the mineral interest. In 2000 the Paul B. Barringer II Trust was dissolved and Paul B. Barringer II and his three children obtain title to the property. The AF Rural NMTC property has been exposed to various forms of timber management in its history. The property has always been an industrial property with coal mining, oil and gas development and timbering activities.
Some records indicate that timbering started on the property around 1901 with large contracts to local sawmills that harvested the best large, high quality timber. Georgia Pacific Corporation operated a sawmill at Swandale until 1977 when the operations ceased due to failure to comply with contractual obligations.
In the Pittston and Pegasus area, ownership focused on the coal resource and timber management was a secondary concern. There were timber cutting contracts with various local sawmills and all contracts imposed strict diameter limit cutting. Virtually no cull trees were cut and it was logger’s choice on what was harvested. These Pittston-Pegasus contracts expired in 1991.
In 1991 the Barringer family purchased the property and started practicing intense forest management. Timber was harvested by contractors for Coastal Lumber with contracts that were supervised by Barringer management that contained variable diameter limiting cutting with all cull trees being cut. This occurred until 1994 when improvement type harvests where incorporated. Stands were marked using individual tree selection with the emphasis to improve stand quality and yields. Trees that were mature, poor form, less desirable, forest fire damaged and culls were removed.
The forest type for AF Rural NMTC is the typical natural hardwood cover type common for the area. The main species include yellow-poplar, chestnut oak, white oak and red oak species. The property is made up of medium to large sawtimber stands. Overall timber quality is good with well-stocked timber stands throughout. The slope position, aspect and past management largely influence site quality on the property. The coves, hollows, and north and east facing slopes are the best in site quality for growing timber.
It is estimated that around 3,500 acres (7%) of the property is in a non-forested condition due to man-made and natural openings, primarily forest roads, utility line easements, gas wells locations and coal surface mining.