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Feb 22, Snowshoe Discovery Tour: 10 am "Winter Bird Habitats

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Ever wonder how birds survive the winter in frozen climates? Local ornithologist Casey Rucker will take you to a variety of locations where birds find food and shelter when the snow flies. We may identify some animal tracks along the way. The walk will be easy whether on snowshoes or foot, weather depending." . Free and open to the public.

Feb 16, President's Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour at White Grass Ski Touring Center - 10 am

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with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass and lifelong outdoorsman sharing his knowledge of the area as well as the history of the relationship with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the formation of the Refuge here. . Free and open to the public.

Feb 8, 10am - Snowshoe Discovery Tour at White Grass Ski Touring Center

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10am join Mimi, an AmeriCorps volunteer currently serving at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and take a quick stroll through White Grass and Refuge property while learning about the formation of the Refuge, the local ecology, and some fun tree facts along the way. Free and open to the public.

Feb 1, 10 am - Conservation, Management and Restoration of High Elevation Forests in the Central Appalachians

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White Grass Ski Touring Center. Stewardship Manager Mike Powell of The Nature Conservancy will explore the trails of white grass and share with you an update on current activities associated with protecting high elevation forests for future generations. This walk will cover high elevation forests such as spruce forests found in Canaan Valley and dry oak forests found in the Ridge and Valley areas to the east and how these forests provide benefits to wildlife and people. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration

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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Join us as we continue our efforts to restore the red spruce ecosystem in the West Virginia Highlands. This tree planting event will take place on the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. We will meet at the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center at 9 am. Following an orientation about the red spruce ecosystem, and our work to restore it, we will car pool to the restoration site. Come dressed for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves and drinking water. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP! For more information, contact Dave Saville at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 304 692-8118.

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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 Cindy Sandeno:

Cindy Sandeno
304-636-1800 ext. 194