A big thank you to our friends at The Conservation Fund! Their hard work has resulted in an additional 778.5 acres for DuPont Forest. The property, owned by the Pickelsimer estate was recently conveyed to The Conservation Fund and will become part of DuPont State Forest in 2020.

The donation does not include Cascade Lake or the campground, which has been closed since late 2015. The campground remains part of the Pickelsimer estate.

The new acreage will not be open to the public until Forest Service officials determine how best to use the land.

“There is no set date for when the property will be open to the public as the property still needs to be assessed.” says Brian Haines of the NC Forest Service Public Information Office.  “All aspects of the property will be evaluated to allow for the best and safest use that will provide some recreational opportunities while also taking into consideration the best interest of the resource. The process for making these assessments is in the very early stages and may take some time before any decisions are made.”

Those assessments include DuPont staff assessing any existing trails and roads, marking boundaries, addressing any possible safety concerns and Natural Heritage Program surveys to look for unique natural communities that may support any endangered or protected species of flora and fauna.

Staff will also be looking at any existing streams to assess how to best protect them.