Creative Imagery video producers from the National Conservation Training Center collaborated with Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the National Forest Service's Greenbrier Ranger District to document innovative red spruce restoration work on West Virginia's Cheat Mountain. This large-scale partnership is an example of Strategic Habitat Conservation at work.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing wildlife expertise coupled with funding from The Nature Conservancy and a US Environmental Protection Agency American Rivers grant to reclaim significant portions of Cheat Mountain – an Appalachian biodiversity hot spot.
Years of strip-mining and logging have left the area compacted and inhabited mainly by exotic flora. As part of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation initiative, habitat work is being done in the hopes to restore the area's native red spruce forest community. Imperiled species such as the Cheat Mountain salamander and northern flying squirrel stand to benefit greatly from the work.
Portions of the video shot on the site will be used in partnership training videos for upcoming refuge management and advanced refuge management academies. Already two small introductory videos have been produced, including one on red spruce and the other on climate change.
-- published --
September 26, 2013
-- photo credit --
USFWS: Ryan Hagerty
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