Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association

2019 Calendar of Programming Events 

January 19 – 9:00 a.m.  Field trip/tour of the Ames Hardware/handle manufacturing process facility
in Champion, PA.  Car pools will depart from the FRONT PARKING LOT at Donohoe Center for the Ames hardware and handle processing facility at 8:00 a.m. ​

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. 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 16, 2019-- Franklin Regional Sr. High School in Murrysville, PA, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
A WORKSHOP "Making the Most of Your Piece of Nature: A Sustainable Backyard Workshop"
This exciting workshop will be hosted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Bureau of Forestry (DCNR) 
The purpose of this event is to educate homeowners and empower them to manage their property in a way that will ensure a healthy and functional ecosystem amidst development into the future.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
Registration-- 8:30 a.m.; workshop will conclude at 12:30 pm
Questions?  Please contact Celine Colbert, DCNR Bureau of Forestry at (724) 238-1200 or cecolbert@pa.gov  WWIA will be present as an exhibitor at this event!




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 – Forester Mike DiRinaldo of DCNR and Tony Quadro of WCD will co-lead a walk & talk 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. Start time TBD.

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. An expert from the Penn State extension, Ms. Sandy Feather, will present a program on the Spotted Lantern Fly and its spread.

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

Help Celebrate WWIA's Thirtieth Birthday in 2019! Join us for an upcoming event!