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W.Va. streams get grant for restoration

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 1.25-mile stretch of Gandy Creek and its headwater tributary streams in Randolph County will be protected through a $300,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to American Rivers for work on The Nature Conservancy's Gandy Ranch Project.

The project involves building fence to keep cattle out of the Gandy Creek headwaters area within the 455-acre Gandy Ranch area, which lies between the Monongahela National Forest's Laurel Fork Wilderness Area and the Seneca Rocks-Spruce Knob Recreation Area. Eroding stream banks will be stabilized and fish habitat improvement structures will be installed through the grant.

The grant will help The Nature Conservancy restore and reconnect red spruce and northern hardwood forests in the Gandy Ranch area through tree-planting and invasive species removal. The property's landowner, Steve Callen, has agreed to permanently protect the Gandy Ranch area through a conservation easement, a legal agreement that restricts future use.


EPA and American Rivers Award $1.37 Million in Grants to Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers

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Frostburg, MD

The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced the six recipients of $1,373,119 in environmental grants to benefit communities, and protect rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The announcement was made at Frostburg University in Frostburg, Md. by EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and American Rivers Senior Vice President for Conservation Chris Williams. The university will be involved in the Frostburg Grows, Grow It Local Greenhouse Project, submitted by Western Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc, one of the six projects selected to receive a grant. This project will convert unused mine land into a five-acre greenhouse complex designed to train community members for high quality jobs while producing local food and tree seedlings.

Under a cooperative agreement with EPA, American Rivers is implementing the environmental grant program which supports local economies and quality of life improvements in the Potomac Highlands, as well as protecting the Highlands' valuable ecosystems, some of which host the most diverse and globally important resources on Earth.

"The communities that comprise the Potomac Highlands will significantly benefit from this grant," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "The projects receiving grants today undertake a variety of approaches to achieve tangible economic and environmental benefits for this unique area. These grants will provide jobs and job training as well as a significant boost to recreational activities."


Lambert Restoration Project

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The Forest Service is proposing to improve watershed conditions in Lambert Run and Shavers Fork, improve wildlife habitat, and restore native red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems on the Lambert Run Strip abandoned coal mine lands, and the surrounding area.

For complete project details, scoping letter, and maps visit

A Green Thumb: Tucker County High School Will Build a Unique Greenhouse

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greenhouseTucker County High School teachers, volunteers and students are banding together on a unique project. The school has acquired a National Forest Foundation Grant for $91,000 for the purpose of constructing a 30 foot by 72 foot greenhouse with an attached 20 foot by 30 foot research classroom.

Once completed, the greenhouse will raise two native species, Red Spruce and Balsamic Fir seedlings for reseeding Monongahela National Forest.

Shane Eakle teaches chemistry and environmental science at Tucker County High. He wrote wrote the grant and is helping coordinate efforts for constructing the greenhouse.

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AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar Highlights Two Proposed Projects in West Virginia to Promote Outdoor Recreation, Conservation

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WASHINGTON— Just days before the release of a 50-state report outlining some of the country’s most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today highlighted two projects in the state of West Virginia that will be included in the final report — representing what states believe are among the best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country.

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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