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West Virginia seed Source , Red Spruce and Balam Fir Seedlings.

The west Virginia Conservancy organizes volunteers to collect seeds from native plant species. We contract with commercial growers to grow seedlings for ecosystem restoration projects in the highlands. When we have surplus of plants, we make them available to the public.

We currently have a limited number of Red Spruce and canaan valley balsam Flir trees available for spring 2016. these are high quality seedlings grown from the seeds we collect locally. all proceeds go to support red spruce ecosysytem restorations efforts in west virginia.

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Branching Out - The US Forest Service International Visitor Program

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The US Forest Service International Visitor Program facilitates participation in a wide variety of professional and educational exchanges, which encourage scien­tific collaboration and discovery, increase intercultural understanding, and promote cooperation among people of many cultures and countries.


Visitor Spotlight – Martin Kabochi, Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative


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Canaan Refuge Tour

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The West Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy's, Mike Powell, takes WCHS TV 8 on a video tour of red spruce and balsam fir forests of Canaan Valley.

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Kenyan Student Learns Reforestation in WV Spruce Trees

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A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an intern with the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI). Public News Service

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Resilient Landscapes

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Resilient Landscapes provide the capacity to adapt. They moderate a range of potential damages brought on by climate change, can take advantage of opportunities or cope with the consequences of change.

The following is a beautiful video by The Nature Conservancy about what makes a landscape resilient in the face of natural and human disturbances.


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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 :

Kristin Stockton

AFHA AmeriCorps Member

Monongahela National Forest

200 Sycamore StreetElkins, WV 26241

P: 304-636-1800 x224