The Nature Conservancy, Central Appalachians

Climate Change Challenge: direct effects on species

Grant Award: $249,800; Year Awarded: 2012

The red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem of West Virginia is valuable habitat, so ensuring the ability of this habitat to withstand predict climatic changes, this project will increase the size, functionality and connectivity of red spruce forest stands through land acquisition, silvacultural manipulation, tree planting, and understory spruce release with timber stand management. Through these efforts, 1,050 acres will be placed in permanent protection and an additional 840 acres of red spruce forest will be restored.