The Lewisburg property (13,594 acres) is comprised of thirteen (13) large, segregated tracts with the smallest tract approximately 101 acres and the largest one being 5,771 acres. The bulk of the property is located in Greenbrier County and northeastern Monroe County. There are no major roads that traverse the properties. Most of the roads are single lane county roads. All are capable of sustaining heavy truck traffic throughout the year although some of the roads in rural parts of Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties may not have regular maintenance in the winter months. The closest major highways are Interstate 64 and WV State Route 219. Interstate 64 runs east and west and is within 30 minutes of 11 compartments. Route 219 runs north and south and is within 15 to 20 minutes of the two northern most tracts.
|County||WV-Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas VA-Allegheny|
|Coordinates||N 37° 42′ 38″ W 80° 18′ 27″|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian upland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Landmark Forestry, LLC|
|Address||P.O. Box 205, Horner, WV – 37321|
This property is located in Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas Counties, West Virginia and Alleghany County in Virginia. The majority of the property, which includes seven of the tracts, is situated generally between Alderson and Sweet Springs in West Virginia. Three of the tracts are northwest of Covington Virginia with the other three located near Williamsburg, Droop and Marlinton, West Virginia respectively.
The property was purchased from Mead-Westvaco Corporation. Prior to this ownership, non-industrial private forest landowners owned all of the property except for Compartment 3. This particular tract was purchased from the Back Creek Property hence the tract name of Back Creek. The West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, who later became known as Westvaco, purchased most of the tracts comprising this property from the private landowners to supply the paper mill in Covington, Virginia. The property was later put in Mead-Westvaco’s possession after the two companies merged.
Slope position, aspect and past management largely influence site quality on the property. The coves, hollows, north and east facing slopes are the best in site quality for growing timber, due in part to reduced effects from intense solar heating. The soils on these sites retain more moisture. The site quality on the north facing slopes is much the same as in the coves and hollows. Many of the large, flat ridge tops are of average to good site quality and have deep, sandy soils. The upper south, and west facing slopes are of the lowest site quality because they are repeatedly exposed to excessive heating and drying. It is estimated that about 700 to 800 acres (5%-6%) of the property are in non-forested condition due to natural and man-made openings primarily forest roads and utility line easements.