The Parkersburg property consists of 56,287 acres in 176 tracts divided into 13 management units in Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood Counties, West Virginia. Named tracts range from 12 to 4,108 acres in size. Heartwood Forestland Fund IV (HFF IV) purchased the property in December 2002.
|County||Wood, Wirt, Doddridge,Ritchie,Calhoun, Roane,Pleasnats,Jackson, Mason, Tyler|
|Coordinates||N 39° 4′ 10″ W 81° 18′ 31″|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian upland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Landmark Forestry, LLC|
|Address||P.O. Box 205 Horner, WV – 26372|
All 13 compartments (or management areas) are located in rural areas of mid income blue-collar economies in northwestern West Virginia. The region has a strong agricultural base. Mineral extraction, including natural gas, oil and rock are also active in this region. Proximity to the urban environment of Parkersburg provides a diverse economy. DuPont and other chemical-related industries are located in the region. The Ohio River basin, railroads and the Interstate 77 corridor add transportation networks.
Westvaco Corporation started purchasing property in the Parkersburg area during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The land acquisition program continued until the early 1990’s. Many of the parcels were family farms and woodlots that were no longer needed for production. Westvaco purchased Many of these parcels to consolidate its ownership since while the parcels were individually small, they were adjacent to existing tracts However, due to the fragmented private ownership patterns, complete consolidation was not possible; resulting in a present day ownership pattern of parcels scattered over 10 counties.
The overall forest condition on the property is typical for the region. The forest is mostly medium-sized sawtimber with pole timber and pockets of large sawtimber. Approximately two-thirds of the property is hardwood and the remaining one-third is in pine, predominantly artificially planted loblolly and pitch-loblolly with scattered white pine and Virginia pine plantations and some natural stands. The planted stands are mostly younger than 25 years of age, while some of the natural pine stands are the result of farmland abandonment 35 to 45 years ago. Harvested pine stands will be allowed to regenerate naturally in hope that hardwood and natural pine will repopulate future stands. The overall quality of the timber can be described as average or better.