At the April 19th Annual Meeting for FODF, Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry outlined a user fee proposal to help manage surging growth, pay for needed facility upgrades and protect delicate habitats.
This proposal has been made after consultation with the DuPont State Recreational Forest Advisory Committee and the Friends of DuPont Forest, both of which are supportive of the need for a fee structure. Both Guidry and FODF President Bev Parlier highlighted the critical need for bathroom facilities at the popular Hooker Falls Access, which is often overrun with people at peak times. After a question and answer session, which clarified that funds would be used locally to address the needs of surging visitation, those attending the meeting were generally supportive.
Learn more about the fee proposal at Blue Ridge Now article dated April 20th.