DuPont State Recreational Forest contributes a great deal to our local economy, drawing many thousands of visitors to the area and encouraging them to stay, eat, shop, and spend at our local businesses. Until recently, there hasn’t been a program in place to welcome members of the business community into the Friends of DuPont Forest family. We now have an FODF Business Membership Program that allows business owners to contribute to the success of the Forest which, in turn, brings so many customers to their doors.
The new FODF Business Membership Program offers benefits such as exposure on the newly revamped FODF website and within the FODF newsletter.
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Do you have a smartphone?  Play in DuPont State Recreational Forest? Check out the new digital map from Friends of DuPont Forest  that allows you to track your hikes and rides inside the Forest without using a cell phone signal.  The map uses the free Avenza app and costs only $4.99.  Best of all, proceeds go back into projects to support the Forest.
Find download instructions here.
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“Listed Animal Species” Take the Spotlight
North Carolina’s “listed animal species” took center stage in the Aleen Steinberg Center classroom on July 31st. Species that make this list are at risk of extinction. The slide show and lecture played to a full house as Alan Cameron, a volunteer with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission since 2005, introduced us to thirteen “listed animal species” including: one snake, one lizard, one turtle, one rodent, four bats, and five salamanders.
Alan, an intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency for 37 years,
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I recently passed my one‐year mark as Forest Supervisor, taking the helm from David Brown. David’s accomplishments are too numerous to recount here but under his direction the foundation was established for how the Forest is managed, protected, and promoted. I have been challenged, as never before in my career, to maintain David’s high level of achievement while learning to operate one the most popular State Forests in the country. I am grateful for what he has left for me to manage and build upon.. . .
Continue reading:  Forest Supervisor Report –
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There are so many wonderful people who give of their time and talent to make DuPont Forest the jewel that it is. When I think of our amazing volunteers, two people who always come to mind for me are Peg and Dan Bresnahan. I recently had the chance to ask the following questions of this dynamic duo:
What are your volunteer activities, past and present?
Both of us have worked the May and October Tour de Falls events both days, all day for ten years.  We have orchestrated litter pick-up in the Forest four to five Saturday mornings a year for the past ten years.
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