Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


BSWP Meetings have moved to a different location

September 2014 through June 2015, BSWP meetings
will be held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. 

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $5, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead.

March 9, 2015 • 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Jason Kilgore, Associate Professor of Biology at Washington & Jefferson College, is a forest ecologist with research experience in biogeography, ecology, and ecophysiology of woody and invasive forb plants. His professional background includes working as an ecological consultant for natural gas, iron mining, and forestry industries, as well as co-operating a native plant landscape design business. Recent research with students focuses on forest successional impacts of ash loss due to emerald ash borer through the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN).

To bring warmth and sun into our meeting, Dr. Kilgore will talk to us about the ponderosa pine (Ponderosae) of the southwestern sky islands, a biologically diverse and complex topographic region of southern Arizona. Long-term climatic cycles, substantial elevation, and regional gene pools have created virtual islands of limited gene exchange, local adaptation, and biodiversity. Within the Ponderosae, at least three morphotypes exist in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Dr. Kilgore will describe the distribution and ecophysiology of these morphotypes in the context of their unresolved phylogeny.

Field Trip

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Otto and Magdalene Nature Preserve
Westmoreland County

Leader: Mark Bowers

Come visit a nature preserve that represents love of land, love of family, and perpetual care!  Otto and Magdalene Ackermann met on a hike in Germany, married, immigrated to the U.S., and bought a forest along Brush Creek in 1937. Otto and Magdalene shared their love by allowing nature lovers to enjoy the woods, primitive trails and creek that the family has loved for four generations. Their granddaughter was married along the creek in 1976. In 2009, the Ackermann heirs placed the land in the care of the Westmoreland Land Trust so that it would remain as a natural area for the public to enjoy in perpetuity.

This trip could be canceled due to unsafe driving conditions; to learn if the trip is canceled when weather conditions are uncertain, please call Mark at 724-454-4012 the day of the hike.

Ackermann Reserve is in North Huntingdon Township in the undeveloped forested hills north of US 30 and above Brush Creek.  The bridge over Brush Creek from Ardara/PA 993 is out, so the reserve is best reached from Leger Road along US 30.

To reach the reserve from points west (Pittsburgh/Allegheny County)

From Pittsburgh’s Parkway East (I-376), the intersection of US 30 and PA 48 can be reached by driving 7 miles on US 30 east/Ardmore Blvd from Exit 78A - Forest Hills, or by driving 5 ½ miles south on PA 48 from Exit 84A - Monroeville.

At the intersection of PA 48 and US 30, travel east on US 30 for ½ mile to make a left onto Leger Road (Sheetz on the right-hand corner). 

Turn left onto Leger Road and travel through the countryside for 2 miles. (Ignore the closed road signs as they are referring to the bridge over Brush Creek). Look for the Ackermann reserve sign on the left and park at the end of the grassy strip between two homes.

To reach the reserve from points east (Greensburg/ Irwin turnpike interchange)

Travel US 30 west through Irwin and North Huntingdon. Two miles from the light at Robbins Station Road (Kenny Ross car dealership on right), continue 2 miles on US 30 west to Leger Road (Sheetz is on the left-hand intersection).

Turn right onto Leger Road and travel through the countryside for 2 miles. (Ignore the closed road signs as they are referring to the bridge over Brush Creek). Look for the Ackermann reserve sign on the left and park at the end of the grassy strip between two homes.

2015 PA Rare Plant Forum
Save the Date!

Saturday, April 11 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 112 Forest Resources Building
Penn State University, State College, PA

Please check the Rare Plant Forum page on the PA Botany site for more event information as it develops.

Ohio Botanical Symposium
March 27, 2015
Villa Milano • Columbus, OH

Online registration is now open for the 2015 Ohio Botanical Symposium. The lineup of speakers including world-renowned fern expert and author, Robbin Moran. To register online visit Or download this brochure that includes the registration form if you prefer to send your payment by mail. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.