Current Status of White's Woods Nature Center

Here is an updated outline of key documents and events regarding the current status of plans for the WWNC. 

  • All activity in WWNC is on hold pending DCNR review of a 100 page draft plan the Township has submitted to the DCNR forester for Indiana County.

  •  DCNR representative spent two days walking in WWNC, and he interviewed many park users.

  • FWW has contracted and received a comprehensive evaluation of WWNC from a forestry consultant who works extensively with DCNR.

  • FWW prepared a 253-page response to the Township draft plan.

  • FWW has scheduled seminars for the public regarding the use of goats to control invasive plants, the health of White’s Woods, funds for carbon capture, the impact of forests on controlling stormwater, forest songbirds the health benefits of a community forest and measuring the value of the WWNC to the public.

  • FWW has brought suit alleging violations of Sunshine Laws and the Second Class Township Code regarding the bidding process.
  • White Township held a Special Meeting on July 22, 2020 to re-do all of the votes alleged to have occurred in Executive Session, thereby legally mooting the FWW Sunshine Complaint.
  • On November 2, 2020 the Indiana County Court of Pleas issued a ruling that over-ruled White Township’s two preliminary objections; a pre-trial conference was scheduled for November 25, 2020.
  • Read the November 18, 2020 legal and DCNR update.