The Department of Natural Resources Administrative Office is located at the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, OK. Field offices are located at Bull Hollow (Kenwood Project) in Delaware County and Dahlonegah (Candy Mink Springs Project) in Adair County. Program staff administers both Trust Programs and Tribal Projects in the fields of agriculture, ethnobiology, forestry, fish and wildlife, Geographic Information Systems, wildfire, and community service on Cherokee Tribal Lands consisting of 60,000 acres.
Natural Resources works to manage the land base and natural resources in a manner that respects Tribal, community, environmental, and cultural/traditional values, while providing the need for assistance to assure the survival and growth of those natural resources.
- Fish and Wildlife
- Forest Development
- Land Operations
- Lease Compliance
The Natural Resources Fire Program, in conjunction with the BIA Forestry Division, provides for the suppression of wildland fires on, or a threat to, Tribal lands and surrounding resource values.
The program also provides for hazardous fuels reduction and wildland rehabilitation work. Effective wildland fire management allows the Nation to promote increased public safety and lessen our forest/timber resource losses, all while affording more protection to personal property.
The Cherokee Nation GeoData Center creates and maintains spatial data to aid in planning and decision making across a number of tribal departments. A number of government functions are associated with managing information about locations or geographic areas; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to enter, edit, store, update, manage, and analyze geographic data. The GeoData Center supports applications such as address checking, community planning, census analysis, economic development, health analysis, and tribal resource allotment. We also offer mapping services to Cherokee Nation citizens.