Whites Woods Nature Center is a recreational area in Indiana, Pennsylvania. With miles of trails and wildlife, it's a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Open from sunrise to sunset daily, the trails are enjoyed by many all year round. There is an entrance into the woods on North 12th Street, or you can enter through the adjoining IUP Co-op park. If you wish to volunteer and keep Whites Woods clean contact White Township Recreation Complex at (724) 349-2667 or through Friends of Whites Woods. Their link is posted below.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In 2007, the White Township Supervisors decided that 21% of the acreage of the recreational park should be given for lumber. The Supervisors contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with this plan, but it did not meet the minimum requirements for timbering. This also goes against the agreement, Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act, with which Whites Woods was purchased with, not to mention that logging would also cause problems with flooding because of watershed.. Friends of Whites Woods (FWW) and DCNR are in agreement that this planned is flawed. However, DCNR are still in contact with the White Township Supervisors in promoting timbering in Whites Woods. This has been going on for a few years and in 2010 an map of the logging plan was released. As of now, there has not been logging to the extent of what was originally proposed, but damage has already been done. FWW has had a representative at all meetings between White Township Supervisors and DCNR to save the real meaning and use of Whites Woods. Pictures of the damage can be seen with the following link: http://friendsofwhiteswoods.wordpress.com/home-page-current-status-update/whites-woods-after-logging/pine-ridge-photos/