Restoring the forest

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Spruce plantings and invasive species removal help revitalize iconic landscapes in West Virginia.

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"If you drink water from the Potomac, or visit Dolly Sods to go hikng, then West Virginia is your backyard." - Thomas Minney, executive director, The nature Conservancy in West Virginia

Home to 240 rare plant and animal species, red spruce forests once covered the rocky peks of West Virginia's high country but were decimated by logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

"Today, only about 55,000 of the original 1.3 million acres  of spruce remain, " says Mike Powell, land conservation practitioner for the Conservacy in West Virginia.

Returning this forest type to its rightful place in the landscape is just one way the Conservancy is working to restore vitality to lands and waters in West Virginia and beyond.

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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