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Spruce and Soil Organic Carbon

Through a partnership between the Monongahela National Forest and West Virginia University called the West Virginia Restoration Venture, two white papers, a “technical” and a “general” version, have been finalized.  They both describe the influence of red spruce forest on organic soil carbon.  Slides excerpted from a fascinating webinar by Dominick DellaSala on 26 Feb 2014, showing the Mon Forest as #11 in the nation in terms of carbon storage.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Stephanie Connolly, Forest Soil Scientist, Monongahela National Forest, (304)636-1800 x244 or

Spruce Soil Carbon – General
Spruce Soil Carbon – Technical
Forests and Climate Change – DellaSala