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West Virginia Restoration Venture 2015 Accomplishments Report

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The FY 2015 joint chiefs' landscape restoration accomplishment Report for the West Virginia Restoration Venture (WVRV) was jointly prepared by the NRCS West Virginia state Office, the Monongahela National Forest, North-eastern Area state and private Forestry, and the West Virginia Division of forestry. Numerous other agency and NGO partners contributed to the restoration efforts that are highlighted in the report.

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Year End Accomplishment Reports

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To measure our success against our strategic Restoration plan, CASRI partners assemble an Annual Accomplishments Report. These reports detail funds raised, on-the-ground projects completed, trees and acres planted and volunteer hours contributed amongst other accoplishments.

Download 2016 Report

Download 2016 one-page summary 

Download 2015 Report

Download 2015 one-page summary

Download 2014 Report

Download 2014 one-page summary

Download 2013 Report

Download 2013 one-page summary

Download 2012 Report

Download 2011 Report

Barton's Bench Ecological Restoration Project Update

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Barton's Bench is an old strip mine site reclaimed in the 1970s and later acquired by the Forest Service. It is up on Cheat Mountain in the Shaver's Fork drainage. The Highlands Conservancy has been very engaged in this project from conception to implementation. This report details all the work that was completed in fiscal year 2011. In a nutshell, we planted over 20,000 seedlings, built 135 wetlands, treated 15 acres of spotted knapweed, entered into an agreement with Canaan Valley Institute to decommission approximately 8,000 feet of old roads, restore approximately 600 feet of unstable stream, and restore or create an additional 2-3 wetlands within floodplain of the stream (next summer), and we used the DEP's funding to leverage over a $100,000 of matching contributions.

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Corridors Volume 1, Issue 1

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Planting a red spruce seedling.Announcing Corridors, a semi-annual publication highlighting some of our on the ground work related to restoration.  With the help of so many people it has been a very productive few years.  Please feel free to distribute.


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