2009-10-22 / Local & State

Woodland Owners Of The Southern Alleghenies To Hold Banquet

Woodland Owners of the Southern Alleghenies will hold its annual banquet and Forest Stewardship Awards presentation on November 10 at 6 p.m. at the Arena Restaurant, Business Route 220, Bedford. The public is invited.

This year’s guest speaker will be herpetologist Charlie Eichelberger who will talk about Bedford County’s Natural Heritage Inventory. Eichelberger joined the Pennsylvania natural heritage program in 2005. He earned a B.A. in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and then worked as a contract biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, conducting reptile and amphidian surveys on National Park Service land in the Northeast for a number of years. He completed his M.S. degree in biology from Shippensburg University, where his research focused on habitat use of the federally threatened bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii). He is interested in all aspects of conservation biology.

Eichelberger is a native Pennsylvanian and enjoys photographing the state’s biodiversity. He primarily works on the County natural heritage inventories where he conducts site assessments, mapping and report writing. He also serves as the co-chair of the Amphibian and Reptile Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey (PABS) and is a board member at large of the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

The Forest Stewardship awards are given annually to individuals, professional foresters and government or academic employees who have incorporated stewardship principles on privately owned woodlands to make those forests sustainable for future generations.

Reservations are $15 for WOSA members, and $20 for nonmembers. A check payable to WOSA may be sent to Carole Tresselt, 110 Long Bend Beach Road, Hopewell, PA 16650 to arrive no later than

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