About SASRI

The Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (SASRI) is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring spruce ecosystems across the high elevation landscapes of the Southern Blue Ridge. 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. The SASRI collaborative network determined a need to create a Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Plan at its annual meeting in August of 2013. While this document is not a regulatory document, nor does it create a mandate for action on any lands, we hope that it will serve as a guidepost for restoration and a benchmark for success. Therefore, the plan lays out an overarching goal followed by four supporting objectives. Additionally, the plan is designed to encourage future updates based on additional information and refining of targets.

SASRI charter (pdf, 301 KB)