Join us for the CASRI spring 2020 planting planting series and Spruce up Your World!

April 17th-18th - 10-4 @ Cranesville Swamp Preserve, MD. Register and find out more information here.

April 22nd - 10-4 @ Canaan Valley State Park, WV. More information on the event page here.

April 25th - 9-4 @ Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV. Meet at the Canaan Valley NWR Visitor Center. Access to planting sites via land. For more information contact Dawn Washington at or 304-866-3858 ext. 3013.

May 16th - 9-4 @ Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Canaan Valley NWR Visitor Center. Registration is required. Access to planting site via the Blackwater River. Canoeing and Kayaking experience a must. For more information contact Dawn Washington at or 304-866-3858 ext. 3013.

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. Spring 2020 planting dates will continue to be added in the coming weeks so check back frequently, we look forward to seeing you there!


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.