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Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative

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On December 4, 2012 the first meeting of the Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative took place at the North Carolina National Forest Supervisor's Office in Asheville, North Carolina.

The meeting's purpose was to
1. Discuss current opportunities and obstacles for spruce restoration
2. Determine if there is a need for a Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative and, if so, the collaborative group structure.


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 :

Julie Fosbender

Partnership coordinator

US Forest Service

Monongahela National Forest

P: 304-636-1800

f: 304-637-0582