North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
Help Protect the Vulnerable Wildlands of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests


An ethno-habitat can be defined as the set of cultural, religious, nutritional, educational, psychological and other services provided by intact, functioning ecosystems and landscapes. An ethno-habitat refers to the cultural survival of a people within its traditional homeland.

A healthy ethno-habitat is one that supports its natural plant and animal communities and sustains the biophysical and spiritual health of its native peoples through time… These lands encompass traditional Indian homelands, places, habitats, resources, ancestral remains, cultural symbols, and cultural heritage.

The presence of and access for traditional use to healthy habitats is fundamental to useable and harvestable levels of resources significant to Indian peoples as well as to healthy ecosystems.

~ Stuart G. Harris of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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