SHR Red Spruce Planted on Mt. Mitchell

June 21, 2023

In May, through our SASRI partnership, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Sue Cameron and her team collected 327 of our two-year-old red spruce trees for transport to Mt. Mitchell. Cameron is an expert on endangered species that depend on red spruce for survival. These trees found their perfect forever home in the Black Mountains and will provide new habitat for the endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel, the spruce-fir moss spider (the world’s smallest tarantula), and many others. Gary Peeples, Cameron’s colleague at U.S. Fish & Wildlife, wrote a fantastic account of planting day, including background on why this work is so important. Please click here to read the article.