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OP/ED: Traditional plant gathering, growing is good for the entire community

Since time immemorial, Cherokee people have harvested traditional plants, such as sochan and ramps, from the beautiful mountains in western North Carolina. Over time, laws have prevented tribal members from harvesting these healthy plants. After years of work by various tribal officials, members of the Tribe may be able to receive a permit to gather sochan legally in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the very near future. Park officials completed an environmental assessment (EA) last fall, and the comment period on that document ended on Dec. 13, 2018.

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