WVU Extension

Ben Spong

Ben Spong
Ben D. Spong
PhD Forest Operations Extension Specialist, Associate Professor
Appalachian Hardwood Center
329E Percival Hall, PO Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
Ben.Spong@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-9425
Fax: 304-293-2441


Area of Expertise
  • Timber harvesting
  • Forest roads
  • Logging systems
  • Forest industry safety
  • Woody biomass systems
  • International forestry

  • Program Responsibilities
  • Conduct research on forest operations for WV loggers, forest products companies, and landowners.
  • Provide information on forest operations, products, business practices, economic indicators and other items of importance for the WV forestry sector.
  • Teach undergraduate courses in the Wood Science and Forest Management sections of the Division of Forestry.
  • Chair the WV State Conservation Camp

  • Education
    Bachelor of Science, Department of Forest Resources, University of Washington 1994
    Master of Forestry, Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University 2001
    PhD, Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University 2001

    Selected Publications
  • Spong, B.D., S. Selmer. 2010. Leveraging Audience Response Systems for Programmatic Evaluation in Extension Education. International Journal of Learning, 17(9) pp. 183-188.
  • Spong, B.D., J. Wang, and D. Summerfield. 2009. Characteristics of West Virginia Loggers During Economically Difficult Times. In S. Fey, Editor. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report , Seventeenth Central Hardwood Forest Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
  • Grushecky S.T., J. Wiedenbeck, and B.D. Spong. 2009. Roundwood Markets and Utilization in West Virginia and Ohio. In S. Fey, Editor. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report , Seventeenth Central Hardwood Forest Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
  • Grushecky S.T., B.D. Spong, D.C. McGill, and J. Edwards. 2009. Reducing sediments from skid roads in West Virginia using fiber mats, Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, 26(3), September 2009.

  • Selected Presentations
  • The Outlook for Forest Bioenergy. Cellulosic Supply Chains for Bioenergy Short Course. Penn State University. 11 November 2010.
  • Assessing Program Impacts in Extension Teaching with an Audience Response System. 17th International Conference on Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 6-9 July 2010. Hong Kong.
  • Characteristics of West Virginia Loggers During Economically Difficult Times. Seventeenth Central Hardwood Forest Conference. 4-7 April 2010. Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
  • A Survey of Forest Engineering and Forest Operations Programs in North America, 8th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, 25-27 March 2010. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Agroforestry Technologies for Pulp and Paper Contract Farmers. 2009 IUFRO 3.08 Small-Scale Forestry Symposium, Seeing the Forest Beyond the Trees: New possibilities and expectations for products and services from small-scale forestry. Morgantown, WV.
  • Logging Workforce – supply challenges and efficient utilization. 2009 BTU’s From the Forest Conference, Morgantown, WV.
  • Mulch Alternatives for Skid Road Reclamation. Council on Forest Engineering 31st Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
  • Synthetic Rope Applications in Appalachian Logging. Sixteenth Central Hardwood Forest Conference, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Invited Moderator for Session on Wood Quality and the Supply Chain. Council on Forest Engineering 29th Annual Meeting, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  • A Timber Harvesting Decision Framework for Ethiopian Forests. Council on Forest Engineering 29th Annual Meeting, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

  • Awards/ Recognition
    Developing Researcher Award, WVU Extension Service, 2008

    Committee
  • WVU Extension Service Farm Bureau Update Committee
  • West Virginia Division of Forestry, Best Management Practices Review Committee member
  • West Virginia Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee member
  • West Virginia University, Extension Service, Recognition Committee
  • West Virginia Forestry Association Safety Committee Member