Southwestern Pennsylvania Woodland Owners (SWPWO), a not for profit association, is an organization of individuals interested in sound woodland management practices which encourage the diverse use of forests for timber production, wildlife habitat, watershed protection and recreation and to promote this multiple-use philosophy through education and technical assistance for the benefit of the membership and general public.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Woodland Owners (SWPWO)

Marial and Arlyn Perkey - 2017 Tree Farmer of the Year

Forester, Russell Gibbs, being recognized by the PA Forestry Association for the 2017 Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector.

Next Meeting:  Wed. Sept. 5 – New Tools for Tree Identification – Please note the new time and place for this meeting (the last line).Tony Knaus, SWPWO member, will introduce the use of the app iNaturalist.org as a tool for tree and plant identification. iNaturalist.org is a citizens science project and social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists. iNaturalist is built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations. In the Wednesday meeting, he will give an overview of the iNaturalist project and how you can join the social network, share your observations and knowledge, and learn from many of the others on the network.  Bring your phone or wireless device.   There is free wifi available at Panera- the meeting location. 7:30 PM  at Panera Bread, Washington -108 Trinity Pointe Drive Washington, PA 15301, Phone: (724) 225-9778

Follow up Field Meeting:  Sat. Sept. 8 – On the Ground Tree ID with Tony Knaus and Mark and Debbie Fajerski.  This tour is a follow-up to the September 5th meeting.  The iNaturalist app will be put to use at Maple Hills Tree Farm near Claysville, Washington County.  We will tour the property and use  the app  and the more traditional way to identify the many types of trees. Tony will demonstrate the use of the iNaturalist smartphone app for taking and posting observations to iNaturalist.org for tree and plant identification. Tour is 1-4 PM. Meet at 12:30 PM to carpool in the parking lot in front of the garage doors of the Sears store in Washington, PA.  Wear proper shoes for hiking.  

Directions: From I70W, take Claysville Exit 6; at the bottom of ramp take a right; At Gas Station make another right onto Rt. 40; In 200 yards, take a left onto an asphalt driveway - there is a convex mirror across from the driveway;  If you got to the carwash you went to far.

Address: 1185 Rt. 40 West, Claysville, PA 15323

SWPWO Calendar of Events for 2018:  Click here for a listing of the 2018 events.