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2019 Calendar of Programming Events 

January – Field trip/tour of the Ames Hardware/handle manufacturing process facility in Champion, PA ; Date & time TBD

February 21 -  6:30 p.m. Chelsea Gross from the Westmoreland Conservation District, who is their West Nile Virus Program Technician and also a certified Dare 2B Tick Aware Facilitator with the PA Lyme Resource Network.+ Possibly a representative from the PA Game Commission as well. Program & discussion on woodland insects that spread diseases affecting humans and animals, especially ticks and mosquitoes, which are vectors for Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

March 21 – 6:30 p.m. Alysha Trexler, watershed scientist/project manager at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will present a program on riparian buffers.

April 18 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. WWIA’s gala 30th anniversary recognition reception/celebration. The speaker will be Dr. James C. Finley, Professor Emeritus, Private Forest Management, of The Center for Private Forest at Penn State. Program topic TBD

May 16 or 23 – Forester Mike DiRinaldo of DCNR and Tony Quadro of WCD will co-lead a walk & talk described as follows through portions of the Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park next to the Westmoreland Conservation District campus.  Tony will discuss the treatments for rehabilitation in the park including invasives treatment, fencing ,etc.  Mike will give a more detailed invasives talk (and maybe touch on deer) regarding forest regeneration.  Part will be inside the Barn & part will be in the ARSNP.

June 8 – 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 PA Bureau of Forestry, will lead our ninth annual Forbes State Forest field trip and skills day. Topic TBD

June 29 – Leslie Horner; Forest Stewardship Program associate at the Center for Private Forest at Penn State will lead a workshop and field day focusing on woodland health and regeneration assessment at WWIA vice president Fred Lau’s woodlot Time TBD.

September 19 – 6:30 p.m. Ms. Sandy Feather of Penn State Extension will.present a program on the Spotted Lantern Fly and it’s spread. 

October 17 – 6:00 p.m. The annual WWIA potluck dinner and business meeting will be followed by a presentation on forest regeneration.  Speaker TBD

1. June 29th has  been chosen by Leslie Horner, Forest Stewardship Associate as the day for the workshop and field day at Fred Lau's property.  However the time for the event remains TBD.

2. The presenter for the September 19th Spotted Lantern Fly program has been established.  It will be Ms. Sandy Feather an educator from the Penn State Extension service.

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