Tom Miller is a member of the Board of Friends of White's Woods(F.W.W.) and has had a hand in many projects concerning this wonderful park. He was interviewed and was asked a series of questions that my fellow editor and I deemed important.
He supplied us with the history of White's Woods and how it was originally part of a rail road company then land for real estate before it ever became a place of recreation. Tom Miller also gave light to many of the concerns that have been brought up about White's Woods such as the effects of timbering has on the forest and their stance on the logging issue, deer population, and the placement of gas wells by White Township.
Mr. Miller was also asked, "What could be done to improve White's Woods?" This is what he had to say, "[We need to] repair signs and picnic tables. In 1999, steps right off of 12th Street [were placed] but are in need of repair...People should have maps" Advertising was a topic of topic and he also wished it could reach more students. "[They] don't list White's Woods on Indiana's Park and Recreational Services [anymore.]"
We also discussed what Friends of White's Woods have done for this park. "F.W.W. fixed the bridge. [We] screened off gas wells in 1997 [with trees,] it ruined the view and appearance. [They] took up more space than that was needed." They are expressing interest in expanding acreage of the Woods and including a biking trail. They also added benches for those to rest and enjoy the scenery.
Finally I asked what is important to highlight about White's Woods? This is what he had to say:
"[It's a] natural area for passive recreation. Doesn't have to get expensive and low impact. It's an area to escape and gain balance to life, restore physically and mentally. It's appearance, the foliage can be impressive. It adds attractiveness to the community and can be used year around."
Tom Miller can be also seen on the Youtube clip posted about sustainable Indiana at 4:05 minute mark.
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.