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Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI)

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The Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems across the high elevation landscapes of Central Appalachia. It is comprised of private, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values.

Red spruce and red spruce-northern hard-wood forests once dominated the highest elevations of West Virginia, covering more than 500,000 acres. Extensive logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced much of the mature forest in the Appalachians, including the red spruce-dominated stands. Today only about 29,600 acres of high elevation red spruce forests remain in the State.

2015 CASRI Year-End Report

Major Higlights


2015 proved to be another extremely productive and fruitful year for CASRI:

  • Over $800,000 for land conservation purchases and on-the-ground restoration projects in 2015, totaling over $3,784,141 raised to date.

  • Over 1,916 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to nearly 4,166 acres.

  • 62,040 red spruce seedlings and 48,100 native plants were planted upon high priority conservation and restoration sites.

  • Over 234 Volunteers dedicated over 1,521 hours of their time working to restore red spruce.

  • Over 500 acres of non-native invasive species were treated in high-elevation red spruce systems.

  • Starndardized and digitized monitoring forms for spruce release, spruce planting and NNIS control.

  • New research on a diverse range of topics concerning the red spruce ecosystem and restoration.

Read the full 2015 Accomplishments Report [.pdf]
Read a one page summary of the 2015 Accomplishments [.pdf]

 

West Virginia Source Red Spruce Trees Available for Sale!

The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy organizes volunteers to collect seeds from our native plant species because it is important to use local sourced plant material in reclamation and restoration projects. We sometimes sow the seed directly at restoration sites, and for some species we contract with commercial growers to grow seedlings from our seeds. When we have a surplus of plants we make them available to the public

We currently have a limited number of high quality Red spruce trees available for Fall 2016 and spring 2017. All proceeds support red spruce ecosysytem restoration efforts in West Virginia.

Learn more,purchase plants here

   

Restoring WV Spruce Means Cleaner Air for the Region

Restoring highland Appalachian spruce forests could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.All healthy forests take CO2 out of the air and trap carbon in the trees and the ground.But according to soil scientist Stephanie Connolly who works in the Monongahela National Forest, Spruce trees do this very efficiently.

Listen to the story here

   

Climate Smart Restoration of Appalachian Forests

As0 the climate changes, and our forests are affected, the need to reclaim impacted areas and restore native species becomes more important than ever.The U.S Forest Service's Monongahela National Forest is at the forefront of not only forests restoration, but also helping those landscapes adapt to climate change. Read more..

   

Volunteer Spruce Planting at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

September 17, 2016 9AM

On september  17th the refuge is inviting volunteers ...

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Who are we?

This website has been established and is being managed by the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy to support the work of the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI).

CASRI is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems across the high elevation landscapes of Central Appalachia. It is comprised of private, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations who share a recognition of the importance of this ecosystem.

Contact Us

For more information, and volunteer opportunities, please contact :

Darrin Kelly

Partnership coordinator

US Forest Service

Monongahela National Forest

dpkelly@fs.fed.us

P: 304-636-1800x169

f: 304-637-0582

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