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Earth Day Spruce Planting at Blackwater Falls State Park

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April 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Black water Falls State Park (Sled Run Area)

Honor Earth day with the Nature conservancy and Blackwater Falls State Park by volunteering to support our spruce restoration effort.Participants will meet at the Sled Run area of the park and assist in planting more than 2,000 seedlings.Returning this forest type to its rightful place in the landscape is just one way you can help support the conservancy and protect the lands and waters we love and need.

Tools will be provided.We'll work rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.Bring food and water.

For more information and to RSVP contact The Nature Conservancy's Mike Powell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Volunteer Spruce Planting at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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Saturday April 16, 2016, 9am.

Meet at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.  We will have a brief talk about the work of CASRI, review the day’s work plan, then car pool to the planting site.  Weather can be unpredictable at this time of year but we will work rain or shine.  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring gloves and a water bottle.  We will have pizza for lunch.  RSVP please.  Questions?  Contact Dave Saville This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Presentation - Spruce Forest Restoration in the Central Appalachians.

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February 16, 7pm Frostburg,MD

The Western mountains chapter of the Maryland Native plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 328, On tuesday February 16th. the guest speaker will be Dave Saville program coordinator for the west Virginia Highland Conservancy's Red spruce Ecosystem Restoration program. His presentation titled "Restoring the High elevation Red Spruce Forests of Central Appalachia" will begin promptly at 7:00 pm, The public is welcome [Read more]

CASRI Quarterly Meeting

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February 11, 9 am-noon Elkins

The central Appalachian Spruce restoration  initiative partners will hold their winter meeting on February 11, 9 Am- noon at the forest supervisor's office in Elkins. Meeting agenda will be posted soon. agendas and meeting minutes from all the 2015 meetings are available here [Read]

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