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West Virginia - Appalachian Plant Materials Center

Appalachian Plant Materials Center (WVPMC)
Serving areas in the States of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Established: 1998
Size: 184.41 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: NRCS

Spiked blazing star, Kentucky ecotype, shows promise a wildlife habitat improvement plant for a diversity of pollinator speciesThe Appalachian Plant Materials Center (WVPMC) develops plants and plant technology to solve conservation problems in the Appalachian Region. The WVPMC evaluates plants and plant technology for the conservation of natural resources.

The Center addresses resource concerns involving pastureland forage, streambank stabilization, and wildlife habitat improvement.








Improved forage production

  • Evaluate the establishment and management of warm-season grasses for adaptability to marginal Appalachian soils. Pasture grasses are evaluated for seeding rates, planting and harvest dates, and planting techniques. 


Buffer strips and riparian areas

  • Promote healthy riparian buffer strips using adapted and effective native plants.
  • Technical information developed on the utilization of native plants in riparian buffer systems.


Enhancing wildlife resources

  • Improve wildlife habitat through the evaluation of native forbs, legumes, and  shrubs for establishing wildlife food plots using commercially available plants and seed.

Appalachian Plant Materials Center
385 Old Prison Farm Road
Alderson, WV 24910
Phone: (304) 445-3005
Fax: (304) 445-7049