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.


Member, Mark Fajerski’s, “Big Daddy” the sugar maple that is just under 4’ dbh.  This tree will soon be featured on the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania web site.


DateDayTimeEventEvent Description
July 9Saturday1:00 – 4:00PM
Tour SWPWO Member Tony Knaus’s Washington County Property
Learn first-hand about Tony’s successes and lessons learned with chestnut and walnut plantings.  Bonus: learn about “Horses with Hope”, a therapeutic riding and learning center on the property.
August 6Saturday1:00 – 4:00PM
Tour SWPWO Members Ryan and Sarah Egidi Greene County Property
Observe their reforestation of red oaks and a 5 acre timber stand improvement.  Additionally, see an aspen cut and regeneration that is developing habitat for grouse, woodcock, and turkey.
September 14Wednesday7:00 – 8:00PM
How can you increase the biodiversity on your land with Jose Taracido?
Be it forest, field, or water, the opportun​ities for habit improvement and biodiversity expansion are unbounded.  Held at the Washington Crown Center, Gander Mountain meeting room, Washington, PA
September 17Saturday1:00 – 4:00PM
Jose Taracido’s Washington County Property
Tour and experience biodiversity enhancement in action.
October 1Saturday
SWPWO Picnic
More information to come.
November 9Wednesday7:00 – 8:00PM
From Acorn To Mighty Oak with Gary Miller
Learn how you can encourage and enhance the development and maintenance of oaks in your woods.  Oak trees are important for wildlife food, habitat, structure, timber, and recreation in our Appalachian Forests.  Held at the Greene County Fairground, Building 10, downstairs.
November 12Saturday1:00 – 4:00PM
Crop Tree Management in Oaks with Arlyn Perkey and Gary Miller
Your forest is a garden.  How does your garden grow?  Held at the Perkey Tree Farm in Western Greene County.