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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]

 

Earth Day Spruce Planting at Blackwater Falls State Park

April 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Black water Falls State Park (Sled Run Area)

Honor Earth day with the Nature conservancy and Blackwater Falls State Park by volunteering to support our spruce restoration effort.Participants will meet at the Sled Run area of the park and assist in planting more than 2,000 seedlings.Returning this forest type to its rightful place in the landscape is just one way you can help support the conservancy and protect the lands and waters we love and need.

Tools will be provided.We'll work rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.Bring food and water.

For more information and to RSVP contact The Nature Conservancy's Mike Powell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Volunteer Spruce Planting at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Saturday April 16, 2016, 9am.

Meet at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.  We will have a brief talk about the work of CASRI, review the day’s work plan, then car pool to the planting site.  Weather can be unpredictable at this time of year but we will work rain or shine.  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring gloves and a water bottle.  We will have pizza for lunch.  RSVP please.  Questions?  Contact Dave Saville This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
   

New Mulching Machine will Improve Wildlife Habitat

The Ruffed Grouse society (RGS) has provided a forestry mulching machine to assist the Forest Service. WV DNR and others with their efforts to provide better habitat for a number of wildlife species in west virginia.

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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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