Reynolds Homestead

The Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center follows the tri-partite mission of Virginia Tech in the areas of research, teaching, and Extension. The research studies that we pursue often have direct application as teaching and Extension experiences. Weaving these three missions to obtain the greatest educational benefit is always a responsibility.

History of the AREC

The Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center was created in 1969 to serve a void that existed in having a better understanding of the biological and physical relationships of the forest ecosystem. This focus was chosen because it fit well with Nancy Susan Reynolds', founder and major benefactor, keen interest in plants and the site forest resource with its physiographic location in the piedmont of Virginia. The climate, soils and topography are typical of a large area of the hardwood and pine growing region of the southeast United States. Loblolly Pine, Pitch Pine x Loblolly Pine hybrid, oak, Yellow Poplar, Red Maple, Black Locust, and the endangered Virginia Round-leaf Birch are some of the species that have or are being studied.