Restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems. Together.



Our 2020 Impact: Visualized

2020 was a productive year for CASRI. Our partners completed many on-the-ground restoration projects in the Central Appalachians. Click here to check out our most recent map and discover where we’ve made our mission happen. This map may also be found on the cover of the 2020 Accomplishments Report.


CASRI’s 2020 Virtual Conference: Successful

Thank you to everyone who attended CASRI’s Measuring Restoration Success: CASRI Partnership Virtual Conference 2020! This virtual conference, focusing on quantitative and qualitative measures of success for red spruce restoration in Central Appalachia, was held from November 4th-5th, 2020.

You may view the CASRI 2020 Conference Program here to see the full agenda of speakers, their presentations, and their abstracts. The keynote presentation was given by Dr. Jamie Schuler of West Virginia University, and there were 20 additional presentations across 7 sessions.



What is CASRI?

The Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (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 which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values.

Red spruce and red spruce-northern hard-wood forests once dominated the highest elevations of West Virginia, covering more than 500,000 acres. Extensive logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced much of the mature forest in the Appalachians, including the red spruce-dominated stands. Today only about 29,600 acres of high elevation red spruce forests remain in the State. 2016 CASRI Year-End Report Major Highlights 2016 proved to be yet another year of impressive accomplishments for CASRI: Over 1,798 acres of high-elevation lands placed on a trajectory to develop into functioning red spruce ecosystems, bringing our restoration total to over 5,794 acres.