Friends of DuPont Announce the DuPont Forest Festival

On National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 22, 2018 Friends of DuPont Forest will launch the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness, and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“We envision a schedule of events that weave in guided tours – hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, educational lectures, and hands-on demonstrations. I think of it as an outdoor conference that shows off DuPont Forest and teaches our communities about the importance of our public lands and their role in protecting them,” says Sara Landry, executive director of Friends of DuPont Forest.

Friends of DuPont Forest is now accepting proposals for Forest Festival activities. The organization invites members of the community to share their outdoor knowledge and lead a demonstration, tour, or lecture. To put your name in the hat, submit your Forest Festival Activity proposal. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 16th, 2018.

Possible activities include:
Science Experiments
Wildlife Hike
Tree Identification Hike
Forestry Demonstration
Fly Fishing Demonstration
Horseback Riding Tour / Demonstration
Map / Compass Demonstration
Outdoor Gear Demonstration
Optimizing Avenza Map App
Mountain Bike Demonstration
Mountain Bike Tour
Demo Day at Lake Julia
Yoga at Big Rock
History Tour
Movie Tour

For questions about the proposal process and / or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Landry at 828.713.2368 or saralandry@dupontforest.com.


Henderson County Wildlife Series

Alan Cameron, volunteer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and current Board Member of Friends of DuPont Forest, presents a six week wildlife series.


A Bounty for Wildlife

While November marks the time we prepare our tables for season of Thanksgiving, the NC Wildlife Resource Commission has prepared food plots for wildlife in Western North Carolina.

Friends of DuPont Forest is pleased to present A Bounty for Wildlife, a presentation on the benefits of wildlife food plots. David Stewart, Land Management Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss wildlife food plots and other habitat management activities in DuPont State Forest and elsewhere in the NC Mountain region.

Please join us on November 14th to learn more about how these important food plots help protect wildlife such as bears, turkeys, deer, rabbits, doves, grouse, and various songbirds.

November 14th @ 1:00PM
Cedar Mountain Community Center
This event is free and open to the public and made possible by the Friends of DuPont Forest. To join Friends of DuPont Forest or to make a donation, please visit dupontforest.com or call 828.713.2368.



Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs

Meet the Author – Lynn Frierson Faust

Presentation and Book Signing


Tuesday, August 1, 2017  @ 7:00PM
Transylvania County Library Rogow Room
22 South Gaston Street, Brevard, NC 

Lynn Frierson Faust is the author of the new field guide, Fireflies, Glow-worms , and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada.

The presentation and book signing is sponsored by Friends of DuPont Forest and Transylvania County Library .

Highland Books will have Ms. Faust’s book available for sale at the event and thereafter at their store in Brevard.

Free and open to the public.


Green Salamander Walk & Talk

Western North Carolina boasts 50 species of salamanders including the endangered green salamander found in DuPont Forest. On July 13 Friends of DuPont Forest will host a Green Salamander Walk and Talk.

When? July 13, @ 9:30am
Where? Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center Classroom at the High Falls Parking Lot

The event will start with a presentation on the green salamander by Alan Cameron, Friends of DuPont Forest Board Member and 12-year volunteer with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Attendees will then carpool to a spot near Bridal Veil Falls to see a female green salamander protecting her eggs.

Please RSVP to Alan Cameron at adcamer77@bellsouth.net. This event is open to Friends of DuPont members only and limited to 15 people. First come, first serve.

Join Friends of DuPont Forest today! 


DuPont Trails Day 6.3.17

National Trails Day this Sat (6.3.17). To celebrate Friends of DuPont Forest is hosting Dupont Trails Day and you’re invited.

Our parking lot hosts at Corn Mill Shoals, Lake Imaging, and Guion can answer questions about the Forest and how you can get involved. They will also have National Geographic maps, suggested routes booklets, and souvenirs for sale. All proceeds and donations will go towards purchasing much needed trail tools.

Our amazing Trail Crew will be working on Micajah Trail (near Rock Quarry Road). If you’d like to lend a hand met at Corn Mill Shoals parking lot at 9am. Come be a part of Trails Day!


Friends of DuPont Forest Night

DuPont Images


Join us at Sanctuary Brewing for Friends of DuPont Forest Night.
10% of proceeds go to Friends of DuPont Forest because the folks at Sanctuary Brewing Company are awesome!

We’ll use that money to help maintain the 80+ miles of trails in DuPont Forest and to launch edcuation and research projects. #science!

Everyone is welcome – members, nonmembers, kids, dogs – we’ll see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.


Spring Tour de Falls May 13 & 14, 2017


Tour de Falls is a family friendly guided bus tour of Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia in DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Tickets are not required but donations are requested.
$12 donation (18yrs+)
$6 donation (6 – 17yrs)

All donations benefit Friends of DuPont Forest.* Cash or check only please.

Tour de Falls Parking and Shuttle Service
Join the tour at the entrance off Staton Road just south of High Falls Access Area (aka the doughnut hole entrance).

Planning for Tour de Falls

  • Visitors should bring snacks and water.
  • Buses run every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
  • A full tour may take 3 hours or longer.
  • Friends of DuPont Forest volunteers provide information about history and natural resources within the 10,400 acre forest.
  • Pets, wheelchairs, and walkers are not allowed on buses.
  • Light refreshments will be available in the lodge (Ranger Station) overlooking Lake Julia.
  • Busses are not handicapped accessible

For more information please call Sara Landry at828.713.2368 or email saralandry@dupontforest.com. 

*Tour de Falls benefits Friends of DuPont Forest, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s enjoyment of DuPont Forest while protecting its natural and historic resources. We work with the NC Forest Service to improve and maintain 80+ miles of trail system, host educational and forest research projects, and provide funding for special projects such as the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center.




Public Hearing Concerns Remediation at “Donut Hole” Inside DuPont Forest


Risk-Based RemediationPursuant to Part 8 of Article 9 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes

Former DuPont Brevard Site

1300 Staton Road

Cedar Mountain, Transylvania County, North Carolina

EPA ID No. NCD 003 152 329

This is a notice to the public of a request by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) to pursue remediation of the contamination at the Former DuPont Brevard Facility (site) using site-specific remediation standards as opposed to unrestricted use standards. Contaminated site media include groundwater, soil, sediment and surface water. Information about the nature and extent of the contamination at the site is presented in the Remedial Investigation Report which is available electronically for review at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/hazardous-waste-section/dupont-facility-brevard-nc.

DuPont has been performing investigation and remediation activities at the site since the 1990s. The site was used to produce high purity silicon from 1957 to 1962 and medical imaging (X-ray films) from 1962 to 2002. Approx-imately 1,100 samples were collected at the site during four comprehensive investigations and numerous remedial actions have been completed. Key remedial actions include demolition and removal activities of the former plant, removal and recycling/relocation of X-ray film waste, installation of cap/covers over former landfill/disposal areas, and installation of a groundwater treatment system for the DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) Visitor Center water supply well. To satisfy additional remedial action objectives for the site, active remediation is proposed at two evaluation units (Solid Waste Management Unit [SWMU] 11 and SWMU 17. A vegetative cap will be designed and installed for final closure of SWMU 11 and in-situ solidification/stabilization for soil and waste will be designed and installed within SWMU 17. Institutional controls and engineering controls (e.g., fencing) will also be implemented throughout the site. Site investigations and proposed additional remedial actions are documented in reports that are available for review at the Transyl-vania County Library in Brevard, North Carolina and online at: http://www.uspioneer.com/projects/FormerDupontBrevardFacility/download.htm.

DuPont is preparing a remedial action plan in accordance with N.C.G.S. 130A-310.65 through 310.77 which allows use of site-specific remediation standards that are expected to pose no unacceptable risk to human health and the environment. Once the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) approves the proposed remedial action plan, a second Public Notice will be issued providing for a 45-day public comment period.

In addition, a public meeting will be held on Thursday June 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania Public Library. Information about the proposed remediation action plan will be presented during the meeting. DuPont representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public. Comments received on or before July 25, 2016 will be incorporated, as appropriate, in the remedial action plan.

For more information or if you would like to submit a comment, please contact:

Mr. Jamie VanBuskirk

DuPont Corporate Remediation Group

6324 Fairview Road

Charlotte, NC 28210





Tour de Falls scheduled Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 & 8th

The popular waterfalls tour of DuPont waterfalls has been scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 & 8th.

DuPont State Recreational Forest
Mother’s Day Tour: May 7 & 8, 2016
Fall Tour: October 8 & 9, 2016
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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