Thank you to everyone who participated in the Friends of DuPont Forest  2020 Membership Survey. We use this feedback to inform our work and ensure we represent the needs of our members. 

2020 Survey Results

According to the survey results, our members think Friends of DuPont Forest’s most important roles are:

#1 Advocating for the Forest

# 2 Maintaining the trails

# 3 Being a community voice for the Forest

Better maintained trails, more multi-use trails and more parking top the list of what respondents would like to see more of in the Forest. Last on that list would be providing food and beverage, merchandise and camping. 

Members tell us the top three reasons they became members are:

Financial donation to protect the Forest
Advocating for the Forest
Trail maintenance

Thanks to this feedback we are confident we are headed in the right direction. Here are just a few things we have planned for 2021.

Policy and Advocacy

We campaign for policies and investment that protect DuPont Forest. We believe the best way to protect the Forest is to plan for the future. That is why we are advocating for a Master Trails Plan that will address visitation, parking, trail maintenance, multi-use trails and protecting natural resources. 

Over the past 20 years Friends of DuPont Forest have worked side-by-side with the N.C. Forest Service to protect DuPont Forest. Together, we are developing a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize our partnership and ensure it remains strong through the next 20 years.

Share the Trails Campaign
In spring 2021 we will launch the Share the Trails Campaign to teach visitors how to be good guests in the Forest. The campaign will focus on trail etiquette (Be nice! Say hi!) and Forest rules such as dogs on leash and pack it in pack it out.

Regional Trail Crew Leader Training
Our Trail Committee is working with other Trail Crew Leaders in the region to launch training for future Trail Bosses and Trail Crew volunteers. Our goal is to increase the quality of volunteer trail work and develop set standards for trail crew projects.

Forest Festival
Crossing our fingers that we will be able to gather and celebrate by National Public Lands Day (September 25, 2021) for the DuPont Forest Festival. Taking appropriate social distance precautions, we’ll celebrate the beauty, history, adventure and peace of mind found in DuPont Forest. We’ll have activities planned for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds including hiking tours, mountain bike clinics, fly fishing demonstrations, trail building trainings and more. Stay tuned for more info! 

Other Interesting Facts from the Survey

Compared to non-members, Friends of DuPont Forest members love to take a walk in the woods.

Our members tend to be hyper local.

Gen X is creeping up on the Boomers.

Our community is wicked smart.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Be on the lookout for the 2021 survey coming soon to an email inbox near you!