Member, Mark Fajerski, standing on his property next to the second largest sugar maple tree in Washington county according to the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania web site.
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.
Friday/Saturday, March 24-25 – Enriching Woodland Values/Forest Landowners Conference, Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, PA. A great and affordable conference that will provide valuable information to help run your farm. More details and register at this link: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/outreach/conferences
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00-9:00 – Planning to Reap the Benefits of Owning your Woods – Jim Finley, Professor of Forest Resources, PSU, with a roundtable discussion including SWPWO members. Come see Dr. Jim Finley, who has given us inspiring information over the years that has helped us and help us make decisions about managing our woods. Location: Washington & Jefferson College/ Burnett Center/ Room 103
Saturday, April 22, 1:00-4:00 – Feet on the Ground Planning - Tour a SWPWO member’s farm and explore the potentials and possibilities – Russ Gibbs, PA Service Forester. More info to follow
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-9:00 –Managing Invasive Plants and Native Alternatives –Laura Blackburn and Heather Smith USDA Forest Service Ecologists will discuss the pathways of invasive plants, the important role native plants play in your woodlot and share some suggestions for replacement native species. Location: Greene County Fairgrounds/ Building 10(Upstairs)
Saturday, May 13, 1:00-4:00 – Tour of West Virginia Botanical Garden, Morgantown, WV (http://www.wvbg.org) State Foresters say it is one of the healthiest stands of hemlocks left in WV. Invasives have been and will always be a management issue here, especially in areas that have been disturbed. Our guide will share info about their practices which will include a look at a basin that they plan to partially re-flood and a new native wetland meadow they will establish next to it. Location: Welcome Center of the Garden.
NEW Saturday, June 10, 1 00–? - SWPWO Picnic – Spend a day in the woods and enjoy a potluck picnic open to members and their families. We provide the meat, bread, water, and utensils. More information will follow.
Saturday, July 8 1:00- 4:00 PM– Tree ID and Natural Regeneration with Species and Site Selection at SWPWO members Piantanida/Novendstern’s tree farm with Arlyn Perkey, USDA Forest Service(Retired) as a tour guide . Come learn about tree identification from our expert teacher and tour a beautiful woodlot. Meet at Crown Center Mall parking lot, in front of Sears Auto Repair garage doors to carpool. Caravan will leave at 12:00 noon.
Friday, August 11, 1:00 - 3:00PM – Wood Pellet Plant Tour/ Greene County/Note unusual day of the week. Tour a local wood industry. Meet to carpool at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Building #10 parking lot at 12:30 PM.
Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 – Planning a timber harvest? Review the Dos and Don’ts for success in planning and implementing a timber harvest. Jim Elze – Professional Forester. At the Washington Conservation District offices (new offices)
Saturday, September 16, 1:00-4:00 – Harvest Site Tour at SWPWO member Bob Brown’s Tree Farm with Jim Elze in Greene County PA – Professional Forester. Meet to carpool at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Building #10 parking lot at 12:30 PM.
NEW Sunday, October 1, State wide “Walk in Penn’s Woods Day”. This is the first of an annual state–wide event to get into the woods. Each county in Pa and also State Parks/Forests will be hosting a tour of their woodlots. SWPWO will be participating. In Greene County, the Thistles will hold a tour and the Burnhams will host a tour in Washington County.
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00-9:00 – Managing Disturbances (EAB) Learn about techniques and strategies to re-establish a healthy forest in your woods that has been taken out by invasives, a harvest, or other disturbance. This talk will focus on the White Ashh die off. Greene County/ Details and location to follow
Saturday, November 11, 1:00-4:00 – Tour Ryerson State Park and see the the status of plans to recover its natural diversity and attraction to the public. Meet to carpool at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Building #10 parking lot at 12:30 PM.
Herbicide Application Safety - Gay & Harold Thistle – Date/location to be determined