The Powellton property is comprised of 39,982 acres found in one, mostly contiguous tract located in south central West Virginia in Kanawha and Fayette counties, about 20 miles southwest of the state capitol, Charleston. Small, private residential developments are located in two watersheds within the tract and along the Interstate 77 corridor that passes through the property. The property will be managed as commercial timberland. Coal and natural gas development occur throughout the region and a significant amount of mineral development activity is present on the property.
|Coordinates||N38 06’; W81 20’|
|Previous Owner||Pardee & Curtin Realty, LLC|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian Hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Landmark Forestry, LLC|
|Address||P. O. Box 503 Horner, WV – 26372|
The economic area is considered to be in the heart of the Appalachian Regional Commission region – central rural Appalachia. Mineral and timber development is common throughout the region. Several public parks and forests are in the vicinity of many of the property’s’ tracts including: New River Gorge National River Area, Babcock State Park, Hawk’s Nest State Park, Kanawha State Forest, and Gauley River National Recreation Area. The center of the property is located at approximately 38° 06’ and north latitude, and 81° 20’ west longitude.
The property was purchased by Quercus West Virginia LLC, in June of 2013 from Pardee & Curtin Realty LLC, successor in title to Eastern Associated Coal Corporation. The landowner history of these tracts is primarily corporate timber, coal, oil and gas entities. Quercus West Virginia LLC did not purchase the mineral rights.
The primary forest cover types are typical mixed Appalachian hardwoods. The primary species composition by volume is yellow poplar, followed by chestnut oak and red oak. Other common species are white and black oaks, hickory, red and sugar maple, basswood and cucumber. A limited amount of timber harvesting has occurred on the property within the past 3 years, however an active harvest schedule was in place from 2003 to 2009. Natural regeneration is successful. Impacts to successful natural regeneration by white tailed deer browsing are expected to be minimal.