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Restoring WV Spruce Means Cleaner Air for the Region

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Restoring highland Appalachian spruce forests could help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.All healthy forests take CO2 out of the air and trap carbon in the trees and the ground.But according to soil scientist Stephanie Connolly who works in the Monongahela National Forest, Spruce trees do this very efficiently.

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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