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Kenyan Student Learns Reforestation in WV Spruce Trees

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A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an intern with the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI). Public News Service

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Resilient Landscapes

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Resilient Landscapes provide the capacity to adapt. They moderate a range of potential damages brought on by climate change, can take advantage of opportunities or cope with the consequences of change.

The following is a beautiful video by The Nature Conservancy about what makes a landscape resilient in the face of natural and human disturbances.


EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants:

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The American Rivers-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP) provided critical funding for projects that fostered local, innovative solutions to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Potomac Highlands and complemented the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action Program (HAP).  This program supported red spruce restoration on the Monongahela National Forest. Read Full Report Here

State Director named for Nature Conservancy’s West Virginia chapter

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Thomas Minney of Elkins, director of The Nature Conservancy's Central Appalachians program for the past eight years, has been named the Conservancy's West Virginia state director. The 44-year-old Gilmer County native replaces former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis, who resigned last July.

As director of the TNC's Central Appalachians program, Minney helped plan and initiate multi-state cooperative conservation programs, including one involved in the restoration of the region's high-elevation red spruce forest. Prior to that, Minney was conservation programs director for the conservancy's West Virginia Chapter, where he worked with private landowners, industry representatives and state and federal researchers and scientists on conservation projects across the state, including the Beury Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the New River Gorge, additions to the Monongahela National Forest and the conservation of private tracts in Smoke Hole Canyon. He has been directly involved in protecting more than 6,500 acres of the West Virginia landscape.

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Forest Service Restoring Upper Greenbrier watershed

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The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has undertaken the Upper Greenbrier North Watershed/Aquatics Restoration Project to restore Pocahontas County forest waterways to their original state.  The purpose is to restore the streams and the surrounding watersheds back to the condition they were found prior to the major impacts of the late 1800s – early 1900s. The main indicator we use is the brook trout response. Brook trout require cold, clean water and abundant pool habitat. The trout are our indicator of success.

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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