Last Updated on November 3, 2019
The full schedule of SWPWO events and registration information is available here
November 13, 2019, Wednesday-Forest Management Practices Using Drones: This meeting will focus on recent developments in the world of UAS (otherwise known as drones). Harold Thistle will introduce the talk discuss various legal and considerations and some ongoing research work with drones. Jaewon Kim (Graduate Student, WVU) will discuss UAV release of weevils to suppress mile-a-minute weed, one of our toughest local invasive plants. We will finish with a demonstration of drone flight technology conducted by Eric Armstrong of the West Greene High School drone program. The meeting begins at 7 PM at the Greene County Airport hangar. Directions are as follows: Airport address is 417 Roy Furman Hwy. From 21 E, take left at light to enter airport. Follow road to the right and circle in front of the Airport restaurant building. Take 2nd left turn after restaurant. Turn right just before the second row of hangars. The meeting is being held in the last hangar in this second row.
November 16, Saturday, 1-4 PM Demonstration of Forest Management Practices Using Drones- Visit Rebecca Triggers tree farm where drones have been successfully used as part of forestland management practices to control mile-a-minute weed. We will see a demo of mile-a-minute weed weevil droppings from drones. Rebecca will also take us around the farm and show us various management activities she has implemented in her woodlands. Directions to her farm will be handed out at the Wednesday meeting. Or meet at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Building #10 (west side of grounds) for directions. Convoy will leave at 12:30 PM.
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.