Historic agreement between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and National Park Service allows sustainable plant harvesting.
The restoration of public lands is accomplished through what the Forest Service calls environmental analysis and decision making, or EADM.
Today, environmental justice at USDA refers to meeting the needs of underserved communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision making, and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work.
Trees can tell us a lot about the histories of their ecosystems. Knowing these histories can help us develop plans to sustainably manage healthy forests into the future.