Celebration planned for land exhange between Land Trust, Tribe

On May 31, 2013 a Land Trust for the Little Tennessee project that began in 2005 will culminate with the celebration of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians receiving ownership of the important Hall Mountain Tract overlooking the historic Cowee Mound.

The Wilderness Society was instrumental in securing the project’s funding through the newly formed USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.

The Tribe plans to create a scenic hiking trail system through the tract that will exhibit uses of natural resources traditionally used by the Cherokee and will serve as an educational resource for the public, regional schools and youth organizations.

The public is invited to the program on May 31 that will begin at 11:00am with lunch served at noon. It will be held at 7339 Bryson City Road (7.5 miles north of Franklin, NC). In case of rain the event will be moved to the historic Cowee School.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Sharon Burdette at (828) 524-2711 ext 305.