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Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI)

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.

Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI)

CASRI and the Appalachian LCC

Working at a landscape scale requires close coordination with multiple partners. CASRI uses the best available science to implement conservation activities that will restore red-spruce northern hardwood ecosystems. The Appalachian LCC funds research to develop the vital information and decision support tools that CASRI can use to inform management decisions for on-the-ground restoration, while The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachians Program provides critical support to CASRI on a regional scale. Furthermore, the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture plays a vital role in coordinating and linking efforts between CASRI and the newly formed Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative as they restore this vital ecosystem across the Appalachian landscape.