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Restoring WV Spruce Means Cleaner Air for the Region

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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.

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Climate Smart Restoration of Appalachian Forests

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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..

Watch WDTV News Coverage of The Nature Conservancy Spruce planting event at Blackwater Falls State Park

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The Nature conservancy of West Virginia partnerd with Blackwater Falls State Park Friday to celebrate Earth day. Volunteers were able to sign up and participate in planting 2,700 Red Spruce seedlings around the park. Red Spruce trees have declined over the years after being known as the dominant tree in West Virginia. Watch the Newscast.

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..

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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


P: 304-636-1800x169

f: 304-637-0582