A total of 36 permits will be available for EBCI tribal members to gather sochan in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this spring. The gathering season will run from March 1st to May 31st. Each permittee may gather up to 1 bushel of sochan per week.

Only enrolled EBCI members with a 2020 permit may gather sochan in the Park. In order to receive a permit, you must 1) submit an application by February 5, 2020 and 2) attend a half-hour training with EBCI and Park staff to review details of the gathering agreement. Training dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 6, 12pm, Cherokee Choices Classroom (downtown Cherokee)
  • Thursday, February 6, 5pm, Cherokee Choices Classroom (downtown Cherokee)
  • Monday, February 10, 5pm, Cornsilk Center (Snowbird)

If more than 36 applicants complete the training, permits will be awarded based on the order in which applications were submitted. Get your application in early to guarantee a spot!

Applications are available here and can be returned to Maria Dunlavey at maridunl@nc-cherokee.com or handed in at the Brad Building (1840 Painttown Road). Hard copy forms are also available at the Brad Building.

For more information about sochan gathering in the Park, visit our page here.

Sochan gathering by EBCI members in Great Smoky Mountains National Park began last spring under a General Agreement signed on March 25, 2019. Currently the Park is working to amend that agreement to allow harvest of whole sochan leaves (rather than just the “turkey foot,” or last three lobes, as was permitted last year). This amendment will hopefully be in place in time for the 2020 gathering season.