The Fort Edwards Foundation
       The Fort Edwards Foundation of Capon Bridge, West Virginia


Dendrochronology Project

Fort Edwards begins a Tree Ring Study Project

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Presenting grant to Fort Edwards       Recently The Fort Edwards Foundation obtained a generous grant from the Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Region to do a study of tree rings in the region. This study should reveal several kinds of information about earlier times in Hampshire County. Dendrochronology is the study of tree ring characteristics which allow the dating of trees and timbers over long periods of time. This study should establish a timeline back to colonial days in Hampshire County. With this kind of information one could test the beams of a house and tell when the tree was harvested.

     Study of the relationship among the various rings reveals details about the climate in which the tree grew. This gives historians an insight into the growing conditions our early settlers faced. Further study of the rings and of the relationship among trees can tell something about other characterists of the place and time where the tree grew. For example, it could reveal the date and frequency of forest fires.

Dr. Rentch and Charles Hall

     Dr. James Rentch, Assistant Research Professor, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University has agreed to direct the project for the Foundation. Dr. Rentch has an extensive background in both academic research and private industry. One of his current projects at West Virginia University is a study of baseline conditions in mixed northern hardwood-red spruce stands in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. He also has projects ongoing in the George Washington National Forest and in Canaan Valley

     In September, 2009, Dr. Rentch met with Charles Hall, Director of Research for The Fort Edwards Foundation, and they outlined the scope of the Foundation's dendrochronology project. Sometime in 2010 they will begin boring trees in Hampshire County and researching bore information already obtained by other investigators. Further information on Dr. Rentch's qualifications may be found here .Newly planted tree at Fort Edwards






     Further information on the study of tree rings may be found on the Ultimate Tree-Ring Web Pages.




working end of the incremental tree borer

our two borers; the longer one is 22 inches
  Above is a look at the business end of the tree borers. To the right we have a photo of our set of borers; the longer one is 22 inches. If we find a tree with a diameter larger than 44 inches we may have to borrow a larger borer. The shorter one is primarily for sampling log beams from houses and barns.


     We invite you to keep checking this page to follow the progress of this interesting project that should shed much light on early conditions of Hampshire County.


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