Traditional Cherokee Lands Placed in Conservation Easement

A brief intro to a story posted on the USFS Tribal Relations blog on July 28th, 2020: “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has successfully competed for a second Forest Service Community Forest Program grant to continue enhancing the Hall Mountain Community Forest in Macon County, North Carolina. Hall Mountain is a culturally and historically significant EBCI landscape that was once threatened by developers. In 2012, EBCI, in collaboration with the Little Tennessee Land Trust, earned their first Community Forest Program grant to incorporate a public hiking trail highlighting the natural resources used and managed by the Tribal Nation. Now, the Tribal Nation is ready to enter phase 2 of enhancing the forest by expanding the acreage and building an eagle aviary on the property.” Read more about this project.