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Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI)

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The Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (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 which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values.

Red spruce and red spruce-northern hard-wood forests once dominated the highest elevations of West Virginia, covering more than 500,000 acres. Extensive logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced much of the mature forest in the Appalachians, including the red spruce-dominated stands. Today only about 29,600 acres of high elevation red spruce forests remain in the State.

2014 Year-End Report

Major Higlights
2014 proved to be another extremely productive and fruitful year for CASRI:

  • Over $896,000 for land conservation purchases and on-the-ground restoration projects in 2014, totaling $2,984,141 raised to date.

  • Over 750 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to nearly 2,250 acres.

  • 58,000 red spruce seedlings and 39,575 native plants were planted upon high priority conservation and restoration sites.

  • Volunteers dedicated 461.5 hours of their time working to restore red spruce.

  • Over 600 acres of non-native invasive species were treated in high-elevation red spruce systems.

  • The monitoring subcommittee developed and finalized a rapid assessment monitoring datasheet, protocol, and Access database for red spruce plantings and sites for use in future monitoring.

Read the full 2014 Accomplishments Report [.pdf]
Read a one page summary of the 2014 Accomplishments [.pdf]

 

AVAILABLE FOR SALE!

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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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration

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. 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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Visitor Spotlight – Martin Kabochi, Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative

 

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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Join us as we continue our efforts to re...

History of the Resource

Red spruce and red spruce-northern hard-wood forests once dominated the highest ...

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2014 CASRI Year-End Report

2013 proved to be an extremely productive and fruitful year for CASRI, both in t...

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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

kristinastockton@fs.fed.us

P: 304-636-1800 x224

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