The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians located in Swain and Jackson counties in western North Carolina are world renown for their handicraft items such as baskets and woodcarvings. This project aims to establish a plentiful and replenishing supply of quality timber for the reservation which will be sustaining an important art and economic livelihood. Other benefits the trees will provide include visual buffer zones, wildlife habitat improvement, erosion control and pollutant buffers. The trees were planted on the private land of community residents. The North Carolina Extension Service-Cherokee Indian Reservation Extension Office partnered with American Forests on this project.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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