Volunteers help plant new forests in West Virginia's highlands.
Restoring the Mountain State Volunteers help plant new forests in West Virginia's highlands. © TNC

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Earth Day at Canaan Valley State Park

West Virginia

Celebrate Earth Day 2020 by helping us plant locally-sourced Canaan Balsam Fir seedlings  at Canaan Valley State Park.

The Nature Conservancy staff and interested volunteers aim to restore habitat in one of the most picturesque and least visited parts of the park. Efforts by TNC and Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) partners are restoring vital parts of the heart of Canaan Fir and Red Spruce habitat and connecting areas from the valley floor to the ridges surrounding.

Your efforts will improve habitat quality for rare plants and animals, restore carbon-rich soils, and improve hydrology and local climate, reducing erosion and increasing percolation of water into the underlying bedrock. It’s a pretty good payoff for a spring day in a beautiful place!

Resiliency science by TNC shows that Canaan Valley and Cabin Mountain/Dolly Sods are crucial strongholds of biodiversity and important connectors as species move further north in the light of climate change. Your efforts will be rewarding, knowing that you will be able to return and see the trees you've planted as they grow well into the future.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Organizers—Karah Jaffe at Karah.Jaffe@tnc.org or Patrick Hecht at Patrick.Hecht@tnc.org.

Keep in mind:

  • There are no facilities at the planting site.
  • We recommend packing water and snacks.
  • Please dress in layers, and be ready for rain, snow, and/or sun. The weather is extremely variable in this region.
  • Wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. The area in which we are planting could be swampy.
  • Pack dry socks/change of clothes for the ride home.

Canaan Valley State Park is 45 minutes from Elkins, WV and 15 minutes from Davis, WV. 

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