May 14, 2016: Beckettsrun Tree Farm Field Day. WWIA congratulates Beckettsrun on receiving the PA and National Tree Farm award for 2015-2016.

June 14, 2014: Forbes State Forest field trip, visiting prescription sites such as  American Chestnut regeneration plantation, deer exclusion, modified clearcut. Discussion led forester Mike DiRinaldo.

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8th Annual Forbes State Forest field trip/tour and skills day

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Oct. 19, 2013: Woods, Water, & Wildlife Conference at Westmoreland Conservation District barn

Mike DiRinaldo, DCNR, and Jessica Salter and David Planinsek of the

PA Bureau of Forestry led the event at Laurel Hill state park and the adjacent

Forbes State Forest lands.

 Featured in these photos by Raul Chiesa:

  • Eastern Hemlock along Laurel Hill Creek--specimens of old growth that are a couple
  • of hundred years old and spared, somehow, from the logging activities in the 1800's. 
  • At the plantation site--backcrossed specimens of American Chestnut tree as hybrids
  • with Chinese Chestnuts that have been planted by the PA Bureau of Forestry in
  • collaboration with the American Chestnut Foundation.  They are in the study program
  • involved in working to bring back the chestnut tree in our forests with a good degree of
  • resistance to the blight fungus.
  • Attendees in the field areas in on Forbes/Laurel Hill Park land learning about and
  • viewing progress/work being undertaken to accomplish re-establishment of native
  • warm season grasses and forbs on former farm fields.


October 18, 2014: WWIA visits Louis and Kate Lobdell's property on Youngstown Ridge to see a golden wing warbler habitat improvement cut. Tammy Colt, Tony Quadro were among the hosts.

June 14, 2016: Timber Stand Improvement activities, Forbes State Forest

June 13, 2015: Forbes State Forest field trip Forest Management Skills Day.