Due to health concerns CASRI and their partners have canceled all 2020 volunteer plantings.
We committed to safely continuing our restoration work utilizing contractors and other safe means of planting to ensure that our restoration work can continue is a safe manner.
In the last 5 years, CASRI partners and volunteers have planted over 300,000 red spruce. We could not have achieved such an amazing goal without the help of our volunteers and we look forward to planting with our volunteers again soon.
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. 2016 CASRI Year-End Report Major Higlights 2016 proved to be yet another year of impressive accomplishments for CASRI: Over 1,798 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to over 5,794 acres.