We Create and Maintain a Vigorous, Healthy, and Diverse Tribal Forest.

Protecting our Resource

The ecological diversity of the Tribe’s forested lands is the natural link to the identity of Cherokee people. Generations of responsible forest resource has sustained the Tribe’s culture and livelihood.

Today, the EBCI strives to effectively manage forest resources utilizing both modern scientific techniques and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Informed long-term management strategies will ensure forest resources continue to provide that cultural, economic and recreational values for future generations.

Forest Management Plan (FMP)

The Tribe has recently updated its Forest Management Plan (FMP) with a focus on the needs of EBCI citizens and the forest ecosystem. The new plan provides management strategies that ensure the protection and enhancement of diverse forest resources. The Tribal Reserve forest will be managed under a new framework as a demonstration / experimental forest to help promote sustainable timber and forest resource utilization, as well as act as an educational tool.

Forest Management Plan (FMP) Click Here


Creation of pre-commercial Forest Development Plan

Creation of Cherokee Tribal Reserve Restoration and Monitoring Plan

Inter-agency research with U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Arboretum focused on non-timber products and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

Development of plant gathering agreement with the National Park Service to improve access to culturally significant resources

Collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to implement forest and fire management activities

Outreach and youth curriculum development focused on forest resources


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Acres We Manage

Forest Types


Steepest Slope

Acres Burned in Forest Fires

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