Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association

2024 Events

Wednesday Evening April 17th, 2024 Arron Capoullez, a graduate student in Herpetology at IUP will present a program on woodland frogs and other amphibians of the woodlands and forests.
A program sponsored by WWIA at The J. Roy Huston Conservation Center, The Barn at 218 Donohoe Road. The evenings event will begin at 6:30 with registration and a social half hour. The program will commence at 7:00 PM.  

Thursday Evening May 16th, 2024 Scott Stoleson, PhD Research Wildlife Biologist - USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station: “Birds in Forests”, a presentation on birds in woodlands and the impact of forest management.
A program sponsored by WWIA at The J. Roy Huston Conservation Center; The Barn ar 218 Donohoe Road.  The evenings event will begin at 6:30 with registration and a social half-hour. The program will commence at 7:00 PM. 

Thursday Evening October 17th, 2024, The WWIA Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Dinner with a short business meeting after dinner.
Registration begins at 5:30 with social half hour. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM with short business meeting.  The program begins at 7:00 PM.  Our speaker will be Melissa Kreye, Ph.D., Director – Forest Owner Carbon and Climate Education (FOCCE), Assistant Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State University. Program topic title is YTBD.


Partner event:

September 13, 2024; 8:30 am to 3:30 pm; Ohiopyle State Park Southwest Regional Forestry Tour

The IUP Research Institute is partnering with the PA Game Commission and PA DCNR Bureau of State Parks to host three sustainable forestry field tours for private landowners in 2024 (download flyer).Registration instructions are included in the flyer--the event is FREE!


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 For questions about any of these programs or to register, please contact Rachael Mahony at rmahony@pa.gov or 724-259-2201

Rachael Mahony, DCNR Environmental Education Specialist, is hosting a ‘Botany in a Day’ field workshop Saturday, July 13 from 10AM – 2PM. This workshop is a partnership between the Bureau, Western PA Conservancy, and Powdermill  Nature Reserve. On the program are several botanists, ecologists, and naturalists from these agencies.

Attendees will visit Laurel Summit to learn about wetland plant ecosystems and land use history of the bog area,  and the Grove Run Picnic Area and to learn about forest ecology and the special plants in the WPS. We'll break for lunch at meet at Laurel Summit.

 The topics for this program include brief overview of plant taxonomy, plant ID/common plants of that area, plant phenology and climate change impacts, research in those areas or related to those plant communities, and stewardship opportunities for participants.


Contact us

quadroanthony@gmail.com  or  724-972-2946  
 jandd.hilewick@gamail.com  or  724-925-1667