Restoring the forest

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Restoration Approach
This document describes CASRI’s approach to red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem restoration in the Central Appalachians. CASRI embarked on restoration work to further the realization of its vision: a functioning red spruce (Picea rubens) - northern hardwood forest ecosystem, restored across portions of its former range on both public and private lands, with the scale, connectivity, maturity and other features that provide functional habitat to sustain and enhance the viability of the many species and natural communities dependent on this ecosystem.

CASRI “Rapid Assessment” Monitoring Plan

CASRI Volunteer Monitoring Data Sheet

Reference Conditions of Central Appalachian Spruce Forests

Briefing Paper on Soil Organic Carbon Associated with Red Spruce Forests.


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