The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and survey research firm Responsive Management recently released the results of an economic analysis showing that the presence of elk is important to the southern Appalachian community and its economy. The scientific study assessed economic impacts and measured public opinion toward elk among Tribal citizens and visitors to the Cherokee area.  To better manage elk as a resource, the Tribal Nation is investing in elk restoration and protection, but a better understanding of the community’s perspective and the value of elk to the community is necessary for determining the scope and limits of this investment. Read the full story in the Cherokee One Feather.