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. 2016 CASRI Year-End Report Major Higlights 2016 proved to be yet another year of impressive accomplishments for CASRI: Over 1,798 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to over 5,794 acres.
2016 CASRI Year-End Report
2016 proved to be another extremely productive and fruitful year for CASRI:
- Over 1,798 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to over 5,794 acres.
- 51,850 red spruce seedlings and 14,760 native plants planted on high-priority conservation and restoration sites.
- 530 acres of early successional habitat created.
- 538 acres of red spruce forest protected from damage by livestock use.
- Over 544 acres of non-native invasive species treated in high-elevation red spruce systems.
- Over 300 volunteers dedicated their time to restoring red spruce habitat and planted just shy of 10,000 trees