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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.   The CASRI Vision A red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem restored across portions of its former range on both public and private lands, with the scale, connectivity, maturity, and other features which will allow it to be fully functioning and sustainable over time. Engaging Public and Private Landowners CASRI works across property boundaries with willing public and private landowners to restore the red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem. Utilizing GIS models, key areas have been identified based on criteria such as proximity to existing spruce habitat, proximity to public land, high priority stream, cave or karst.

CASRI seeks funding to do restoration projects on these key areas, and works with private landowners to distribute information about the value of red spruce- northern hardwood forests. A major component of management in these areas is the coordination of ecosystem restoration activities across the Central Appalachian landscape. In addition to native plantings, CASRI members participate in various restoration activities including collection, storage, and propagation of native plant materials to be used in future planting efforts. Member organizations also participate in on-the-ground activities such as tree thinning to favor understory red spruce, aquatic passage restoration, road decommissioning and scientific studies aimed at enhancing the red spruce-northern hardwoods ecosystem.

For additional information on the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative, or to learn how to be a participant in restoration activities contact:  Highlands Conservancy Spruce Program Coordinator, Dave Saville at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CASRI “Rapid Assessment” Monitoring Plan
CASRI Volunteer Monitoring Data Sheet
Reference Conditions of Central Appalachian Spruce Forests
Briefing Paper on Soil Organic Carbon Associated with Red Spruce Forests.

Download CASRI's detailed action plan [.pdf 482 KB]
Download CASRI's restoration approach [.pdf 1790 KB]

Download CASRI's 2015 meeting minutes [.pdf 549 KB]
Download CASRI's 2014 meeting minutes [.pdf 692 KB] 
Download CASRI's 2013 meeting minutes [.pdf 650 KB] 
Download CASRI's 2012 meeting minutes [.pdf 596 KB] 
Download CASRI's 2011 meeting minutes [.pdf 296 KB] 
Download CASRI's 2010 meeting minutes [.pdf 318 KB] 

Download CASRI's 2009 meeting minutes [.pdf 157 KB]

 

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 :

Julie Fosbender

Partnership coordinator

US Forest Service

Monongahela National Forest

jfosbender@fs.fed.us

P: 304-636-1800

f: 304-637-0582

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