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)

Applications accepted until April 1st.

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Upcoming WWIA Events

Join WWIA to learn about “Pruning, Planting, and Caring for Fruit and Landscape Trees.”

Thursday, March 15,  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, March 12, to register. 

The evening will begin with a social half hour in

the barn at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

             The simplest definition of pruning is “removing parts of a plant to improve it.” To prune effectively, you need to understand basic principles of pruning and plant growth and you need to know what you are trying to accomplish.

"There are endless examples of poor pruning that does more harm than good because the pruner doesn’t understand good pruning practices or plant growth responses," Eric explains. "I will discuss the basic principles of pruning and how they apply to different situations.  Whether you are pruning ornamental or fruit trees, shrubs or berry bushes, the principles remain the same, although the application varies with your objectives."

While daylight permits, we will go outdoors for some hands-on discussion using trees and shrubs on the WCD grounds. Afterward Eric will review examples of good and bad pruning practices with a PowerPoint program.

Eric Oesterling has a degree in horticulture from the University of Vermont. For over 30 years he was a Penn State extension agent responsible for informal education relating to horticultural crops, both commercial and homeowner, in Westmoreland County. He has been pruning fruit and ornamentals at home and for others for 40 years.

April 26. Details TBA.

May 10, 6:00 p.m. Tracey Coulter, a DCNR agroforestry coordinator, will update us on “The State of the American Chestnut Tree,” including its cultural and natural history leading up to current restoration efforts.

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 for the Forbes District on the Eastern United States Golden Eagle Research Project.


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.


Making The Most Of Your Piece Of Nature: A Sustainable Backyard Workshop

by PA Bureau of Forestry

Sat, March 3, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Butler County Community College

Free, but reservations requested

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