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New Mulching Machine will Improve Wildlife Habitat

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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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U.S. Forest Service rejects route for pipeline through WV, VA

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The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia because of concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources

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Daily Mail editorial: Red spruce restoration to benefit the forest and state

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Leader; "We're bringing back our iconic mountaintop forests through restoration efforts in the Monongahela National Forest and elsewhere providing habitat for everything from migrating songbirds to native brook trout," said Thomas Minney, state director of the Nature conservancy in West Virginia.  Read more..

Home: CASRI’s Kenyan Intern Says Thanks

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mart-kabochiI'm back home now, in Nairobi, Kenya, immersed in University classes and focused on the upcoming exams. As I reflect on my Internship with the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI), I realize that things have changed; I'm viewing life through a different lens than I was before. I'll never be able to thank all the people who contributed to my 5-month Internship, but I would like to mention a few of them. Neither will I be able to articulate all the wonders I experienced, but I would like to share a few, in retrospect, about my time spent in the United States of America.

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Spruce plantings and invasive species removal help revitalize iconic landscapes in West Virginia.

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"If you drink water from the Potomac, or visit Dolly Sods to go hikng, then West Virginia is your backyard." - Thomas Minney, executive director, The nature Conservancy in West Virginia

Home to 240 rare plant and animal species, red spruce forests once covered the rocky peks of West Virginia's high country but were decimated by logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

"Today, only about 55,000 of the original 1.3 million acres  of spruce remain, " says Mike Powell, land conservation practitioner for the Conservacy in West Virginia.

Returning this forest type to its rightful place in the landscape is just one way the Conservancy is working to restore vitality to lands and waters in West Virginia and beyond.

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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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