Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association
September 20. Celine Colbert, a DCNR forester, will lead a field trip on tree identification.Site TBA.
October 18, 6:00 p.m. The annual WWIA potluck dinner and business meeting will include biennial elections and be followed by a presentation by Mr. Cory Wentzel, Assistant District Forester - Forbes State Forest District. Cory will speak on the Golden Eagle in the
Forbes District and share information on a program and pix-cam footages of this great bird as it stops over at feeding stations in the Forbes. Forestry staff and other stakeholders have set up stations for the birds as they travel on migrations to and from breeding areas much further north.
A reminder to members: Celebrate WWIA's 28th anniversary by renewing your membership.
Please make your check out to WWIA and send your dues to Tony Quadro,
Westmoreland Conservation District, 218 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601.
Act now and you'll pay only $10 for 2018. Member benefits include free entry to nearly
all WWIA programs, plus our informative quarterly newsletter.
How to Help Forests Regenerate
in Your Neck of the Woods
Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association will host a talk on Thursday, June 21, 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.
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, June 18, to register. Help WWIA celebrate our thirtieth birthday year by joining us for the evening, beginning with a social half hour in the Barn at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.
The speaker is Leslie Horner, a Forest Stewardship Program Associate with the Center for Private Forests at Penn State. She will explore how our forests are changing through the impact of invasive plants, deer, and lack of adequate light for tree seedlings. Inadequate regeneration—tree seedlings that are lacking in either quantity or quality—is a top concern in Pennsylvania’s forests.
“Many landowners don’t realize that seedlings in their own woods may not survive and thrive unless the landowners take action to reduce the challenges to successful regeneration,” says Leslie
Because approximately 70% of Pennsylvania’s woods are privately owned, landowners play a key role in efforts to ensure the success of regeneration through their active stewardship.
The talk will help attendees understand what the challenges are and what they can do to help. It will also highlight some strategies to help beyond your own land by engaging your neighbors and other landowners who may be less experienced.
Leslie has a B.S. in natural sciences (biology concentration) and an M.S. in forestry and has experience in biological field surveys, outdoor education, agroforestry, asset-based community development, and watershed and forest management. Much of her work has focused on creating opportunities for landowners to learn together and work from shared values, especially highlighting how their own woodland and water stewardship activities can affect a larger landscape and how to keep woodlands diverse and intact for future generations.
Visit westmorelandwoodlands.org for the most up-to-date information about program times and places. If there's a topic you'd like to see WWIA cover in a program or field trip, please let us know.
WWIA’s mission is to encourage good management of woodlands for aesthetics, timber, water quality and control, wildlife habitat, plant propagation, and recreation. The group holds events throughout the year.
WWIA 2018 Calendar
Help Celebrate WWIA's Thirtieth Birthday Year!
June 9, 9:00 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. Jessica Salter and David Planinsek, DCNR foresters working out of the Laughlintown office of the Bureau of Forestry, will lead our eighth annual Forbes State Forest field trip and skills day.
September 20. Celine Colbert, a DCNR forester, will lead a field trip on Tree Identification. Site TBA.
October 18, 6:00 p.m. The annual WWIA potluck dinner and business meeting will include biennial elections and be followed by a presentation by Cory Wentzel, assistant district forester in the Forbes State Forest District. Cory will discuss golden eagles and share video footage of these great birds as they stop over at feeding stations in Forbes on their way to breeding areas in the far north.
Leslie Horner, a Forest Stewardship Program Associate with the Center for Private Forests at Penn State
Women and their Woods 2018 Educational Retreat
Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Highlights Foundation Workshop Facility, Boyd’s Mill, Milanville, PA (Wayne County)
Help Celebrate WWIA's Thirtieth Birthday! Join us for an upcoming event!