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Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative: 2014 Update

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Jay Martin (USFS)

On July 23rd, SASRI held its 3rd annual meeting at the Konnarock Community Center, Troutdale, VA. It was followed by field trip to Whitetop Mtn, VA.  Partners reported on activities and plans.

The group heard presentations from Andrea Brandon, Coordinator for the Central Appalachian Whole System of The Nature Conservancy on Update and Lessons Learned from the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI)  (see powerpoint for more details).  Cordie Diggins, PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, presented on Northern Flying Squirrel Research at Virginia Tech (see powerpoint for more details).

2014 Annual Meeting Notes

Central Appalachians Spruce Restoration Initiative; Lessons Learned and Points of Collaboration
Andrea Brandon,Central Appalachians Program Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy

Northern Flying Squirrel Research at Virginia Tech
Cordie Diggins(Mark Ford PhD student)

More Images from the field trip: 

SASRI group studies map Beth Merz (USFS)


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