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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.

2013 Year-End Report

CASRI’s success continues as 2013 proved to be an extremely productive and fruitful year:

  • Over 1.2 million dollars for land conservation purchases and on-the-ground restoration projects in 2013, totaling $2,088,141 raised to date.

  • Over 570 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to nearly 1,500 acres.

  • 62,780 red spruce seedlings and 9,331 native plants were planted upon high priority conservation and restoration sites.

  • Volunteers dedicated 822 hours of their time working to restore red spruce.

  • Over 250 acres of non-native invasive species were treated in high-elevation red spruce systems.

  • Over 89,000 acres of land across the Monongahela National Forest were updated for soil survey and ecological site inventory.

Read the full 2013 Accomplishments Report [.pdf]
Read a one page summary of the 2013 Accomplishments [.pdf]

 

Canaan Refuge Tour

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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Saturday, April 18, 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 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.

   

Spruce and Soil Organic Carbon

Through a partnership between the Monongahela National Forest and West Virginia University called the West Virginia Restoration Venture, two white papers, a “technical” and a “general” version, have been finalized.  They both describe the influence of red spruce forest on organic soil carbon.  Slides excerpted from a fascinating webinar by Dominick DellaSala on 26 Feb 2014, showing the Mon Forest as #11 in the nation in terms of carbon storage.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration

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

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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
cmsandeno@fs.fed.us

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