Dupont State Forest Area

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The 10,466-acre DuPont State Recreational Forest sits at the heart of a nationally-significant natural heritage site. Here, the pristine Green and Little Rivers carve across a granite plateau, giving birth to four of North Carolina’s most iconic waterfalls and several of the state’s most unique assemblages of natural communities. These prized scenic, recreational, and ecological qualities transcend the state forest itself, traversing the Blue Ridge and crossing critical conservation land before mingling with the vast wilderness of the South Carolina upstate.

A Wilderness Corridor Connecting the Carolinas

DuPont State Recreational Forest lies a mere 1.5 miles from South Carolina’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness and the terminus of a 90-mile trail system that winds through nearly a million acres of contiguous protected forests. The swath of private, undeveloped land linking these public protected areas is the keystone to conserving the region’s natural and recreational heritage. Through private conservation easements and public acquisition, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and partners are working to combat imminent development and create a buffer of protected land that permanently connects these Carolina natural treasures.

Building a Biological Bridge

The DuPont Forest area harbors a unique mosaic of low elevation granite outcroppings and mountain bogs—two of the rarest wildlife habitats in North Carolina. This extraordinary landscape is a refuge for federally threatened and endangered species including mountain sweet pitcher plants, swamp pinks, and bog turtles. Numerous populations of green salamander, a state endangered species prioritized for conservation and extensive research by the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan, thrive in the area.

Encouraging Education

The private lands surrounding the DuPont Forest are home to a myriad of summer camps and environmental education facilities, including the easement-protected, 2,600-acre Green River Preserve. The area has nurtured environmental awareness in thousands of young hearts and minds, and expanding the preserved landscape beyond existing public lands will sustain both tomorrow’s conservation land and tomorrow’s conservationists.

Fostering an Economic Future

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DuPont draws more visitors than any other North Carolina state forest. As well as exploring the forest’s stunning waterfalls, abundant trails, and rich trout waters, visitors sup – port the region’s hospitality industry and purchase goods from local artists, farmers, and other retailers. With traditional industries transitioning to tourism-related revenue sources, linking DuPont State Forest to public land in South Carolina will amplify the economic benefit of land conservation. Leave Your Legacy There are few ways that you can leave a more lasting, tangible legacy than through land conservation. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to help preserve this vital wilderness corridor. Each donation brings us closer, acre by acre, to securing the integrity of this magnificent wilderness for present and future generations.

For over a decade, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC), The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and North Carolina Division of Forest Resources have worked in collaboration to protect more than 14,500 acres of DuPont State Recreational Forest and surrounding private lands. In 1997, CMLC helped facilitate the sale by the DuPont Corporation of an initial 7,600 acres to the Conservation Fund, which transferred the property to the State for the establishment of the new state forest. Subsequent purchases over the years brought the total expanse of state land to 10,466 acres.

Since 2006, CMLC has used $3.7 million of private funds to leverage $7.2 million of public funds and over $12 million of donated interests in land to total more than $21.8 million of land value conserved in the DuPont region. These projects, consisting mostly of donations and bargain sales of conservation easements, have protected 3,500 acres that buffer and enhance public land, and have begun to create a large-scale wildlife corridor linking to protected areas in South Carolina. Each project is strategically targeted, using the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan.

Leave Your Legacy

There are few ways that you can leave a more lasting, tangible legacy than through land conservation. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to help preserve this vital wilderness corridor. Each donation brings us closer, acre by acre, to securing the integrity of this magnificent wilderness for present and future generations.

Land Trusts Serving The Dupont State Forest Area

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 2822, Hendersonville, NC 28793
(828) 697-5777 www.carolinamountain.org