Join us for these upcoming events and learning opportunities!
Thursday, Sept. 20: Brush Up on Your Tree ID Skills: Tree Identification Walk

 5:30 p.m. at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center (the Westmoreland Conservation District barn behind the Donohoe Center) at 218 Donohoe Road in Greensburg. Social hour after the tour.

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, September 17, to register. 

The walk will be led by Celine Colbert, a forester with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. She will point out unique characteristics of the trees and shrubs we come across and incorporate a smattering of fun facts on the history and uses of each species. The walk is expected to cover about 20 species that are common within our community. Expect to see black cherry, red oak, red maple, black walnut, yellow poplar, and spicebush, among others. We will discuss what sites are conducive to each species and control methods for the invasive species we come across. Novices to expert identifiers of all ages are welcome on this non-strenuous, approximately one-mile walk.

Celine has a B.S. in forest ecosystem management and is a certified arborist. Much of her work focuses on increasing tree cover in neighborhoods and towns across the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. She provides technical assistance to communities and works to educate the public on the many benefits of trees in areas where people live and work.

“A Walk in Penn’s Woods” October 7, 2018 – 1:00 – 3:00 

As part of the second annual statewide “Walk in Penn’s Woods”, our woodland ramble will take place at the

Otto & Magdalena Ackerman Nature Reserve, a 59-acre property owned and managed by the Westmoreland Land Trust. 

The site is located on Ardara Road in North Huntington Township, PA 15672 (Westmoreland County). Parking is on the

edge of the reserve on Ardara Road.  More information will be available from John Hilewick ; or

by calling 724-925-1667, after September 24, 2018.
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.

2019 Calendar of Programming Events (Tentative)

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 15, 22, or 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 . Day & time TBD.

September 19 – 6:30 p.m. An expert from the Penn State extension will present a program on the Spotted Lantern Fly and it’s spread. Speaker TBD

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

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