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WVU completes study estimating urban forests provide more than $59 million in ecosystem services

West Virginia University researchers and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have teamed up to better understand and communicate the significant economic and environmental impacts of urban tree canopy cover across the state.

Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, completed a report estimating that West Virginia urban forests provide annual ecosystem services of $59,749,507 by capturing 4,348,592 pounds of pollutants. The report also revealed that more than 2.8 million tons of carbon are sequestered by the trees that make up these urban forests, resulting in an overall benefit of $53,308,328 in stored carbon.

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Groundbreaking date set for Preston County dam rehabilitation project that will benefit local residents and advance WVU research

A collaboration between the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the Monongahela Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Virginia University will result in improved safety for local residents, real savings for some Preston County water customers and research for faculty and students. 

At 11 a.m. on August 7, ground will be broken on a nearly $8 million rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 dam in Preston County. 

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Peaches on sale at WVU Horticulture Farm

Celebrate the season with sun-kissed peaches! The quintessential summer fruit will be on sale from noon - 4 p.m. Mon., July 31, at the Horticulture Farm on Route 705 in Morgantown.

Prices are as follows:

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West Virginia University research says technology that connects aging adults in rural areas with health experts improves weight loss

In many rural areas, treating chronic diseases related to diet and weight is challenging because of limited access to food and nutrition experts. A West Virginia University professor has found that using technology to connect those experts with middle-aged and older patients in those areas can improve nutritional health. 

Melissa Ventura Marra, assistant professor of  human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is part of a multistate research team that is evaluating how food security and lifestyle choices such as diet quality and physical activity affect individual health and well-being. 

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A model of success: WVU graduate lands national magazine cover

West Virginia University alumna Elleyse Gemondo just took her modeling career to the next level, landing her first national magazine cover earlier this summer.

“Last year, Bella Gladys, a high-end publication that features models, brands, designers and photographers from around the world, invited me to be a model in its summer issue of 2017,” Gemondo, fashion, dress and merchandising graduate, said. “We did the photoshoots last fall with two different photographers and teams.”

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WVU assistant professor of landscape architecture earns international recognition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Vaike Haas, assistant professor of landscape architecture West Virginia University took center stage in Beijing, China, over the weekend, as Vaike Haas , assistant professor of landscape architecture , was honored for her exemplary work by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the premier international organization for landscape architecture educators. 

Haas was recognized with CELA’s 2017 Excellence in Service Learning Award, Junior Level, which honors a faculty member’s excellent ability to direct design studio projects that demonstrate outstanding quality and/or emphasize the critical thinking and creative process. The award was presented during CELA’s international conference, held May 26-29.

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DPS Land Services endows scholarship benefitting WVU Davis College students

Energy land management students at West Virginia University will have additional opportunities to network with industry professionals thanks to an endowment established by DPS Land Services.

The $25,000 endowment – the first for the energy land management program in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design – is designed to provide funding to support travel for conferences, meetings and other extracurricular activities for students enrolled in the program.

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WVU researchers partner with West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the lives of West Virginians

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - When it comes to problem-solving, the WVU Davis College and the West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service have a lot in common. This is one of the many reasons why the two entities developed a five-year project agreement in 2015, initially allocating resources for six research projects to be carried out by WVU researchers.

“There had been some discussion on our level about this project, but a lot of it came about with a discussion between WVU Davis College Dean Robison and the State Conservationist,” said Jerry Fletcher, professor of resource economics and director of the WVU Davis College Natural Resource Analysis Center.

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