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Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative

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2015 Meeting notes and Presentations

October 28,2015, Bent creek experimental forest -Southern Research Station

1577 Brevard Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Meeting Notes [pdf]

Presentations [Download Here]


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Restoration Approach
This document describes CASRIā€™s approach to red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem restoration in the Central Appalachians. CASRI embarked on restoration work to further the realization of its vision: a functioning red spruce (Picea rubens) - northern hardwood forest ecosystem, restored across portions of its former range on both public and private lands, with the scale, connectivity, maturity and other features that provide functional habitat to sustain and enhance the viability of the many species and natural communities dependent on this ecosystem.


Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative: 2014 Update

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Jay Martin (USFS)

On July 23rd, SASRI held its 3rd annual meeting at the Konnarock Community Center, Troutdale, VA. It was followed by field trip to Whitetop Mtn, VA.  Partners reported on activities and plans.

Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative: Update

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On August 22nd, the Southern Highlands Reserve generously hosted the second Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative meeting. The group heard presentations about upcoming planting and cone collecting activities, and an update about the Spruce-Fir Moss Spider. The group also determined a need to create a restoration plan and associated maps for the Southern Blue Ridge. And the highlight of the day was a tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve and a peek at the spruce seedlings they have propagated. Please check out the notes, presentations and photos to find out more about the events of the day.

Downlodable Presentations
Annual Meeting Notes - August 22, 2013 
Spruce Mapping and Planning
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider: Another Beneficiary of Spruce/Fir Restoration
Fall 2013 Red Spruce Planting

Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative

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On December 4, 2012 the first meeting of the Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative took place at the North Carolina National Forest Supervisor's Office in Asheville, North Carolina.


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