Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association
How and Why to Create Pollinator Habitats on Your Land
Thursday, March 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center (the Westmoreland Conservation District barn behind the Donohoe Center) at 218 Donohoe Road in Greensburg. Light refreshments will be served.This event is open to the public. It is free to WWIA members and students with a current student ID; it costs $5 for all others. Please call Sandy at WCD (724-837-5271) by Monday, March 13, to register. The evening will begin with a social half hour in the barn at 6:00.
José Taracido is the farmland habitat program supervisor at California University of Pennsylvania's Partners for Fish and Wildlife. He will discuss the establishment of pollinator habitats and their importance to pollinators and other wildlife. PFW is a unique collaboration of state, federal, and local government agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and private landowners that have been cooperating since 1995 on watershed and farmland habitat restoration projects, mostly in western Pennsylvania.
"This program started in response to widespread declines of many farmland wildlife species throughout the United States, due to intensified farm management and other land-use changes," José explains. "Completed projects and monitoring indicate improvements in water quality and considerable increases in riparian (streamside) habitat for ground-nesting wildlife."
PFW's goals are to promote comprehensive watershed conservation that benefits farmland wildlife and the rural economy and to provide an educational and research component that will multiply the results.
Since 1996 the Partners have planted over 5,683 acres of warm-season grasses and young forest habitat, 2,047 acres of nesting cover, and 3,577 acres of food plots; fenced over 464 miles of streambank; restored over 4,350 acres of wetlands; and completed over 420 acres of border edge cuts to provide cover and habitat for farmland wildlife.