The Little RiverWatermarkMembership Newsletter for Friends of DuPont ForestFebruary 2007“Great Beginnings”“Ice Storm on Lake Julia’Picture Courtesy of David BrownPresident’s CornerGloria Clouse, FODF President2007 promises to be a great year for the Friends of DuPont forest. We have several new member events planned and several projects in the works.ANNUAL RETREAT Our annual board retreat was held on January 13th at Lake Julia. We had four interesting and informative presenters. John Carney has been working on gathering the history of DuPont Forest for the past two years. He shared some of hisresearch with the board. (John will present a program for all interested persons on February 27th at the Transylvania Library at 1:00pm). New board member, Tom Fanslow of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy shared the benefits of donating and protectinglands. There are new tax laws that increase the tax credits during 2007. (If you are interested in knowing more about these benefits,contact Tom at [email protected]) Patrick Horan gave an informative talk about his success with saving hemlocks fromhemlock wooly adelgid (HWA) by releasing Sasajiscymnus tsugae beetles, also known as “sassie” beetles. Patrick has offered todonate 2000 beetles as part of a coordinated effort in DuPont Forest to attack the HWA. A plan is being developed with the cooperation of the forest service to chemically treat some trees systemically, to use fungicidal spray on some trees and release “Sassie” beetles in other areas. FODF is dedicated to helping with this project and will use volunteers to release beetles and to monitor the resultsof each application. We appreciate Professor Horan’s interest in DuPont. David Brown, forest superintendent, concluded the meetingwith a detailed plan of trail work planned for 2007. Some trails will be paid for by a 49,000 grant. FODF budgeted 25,000 to complete other trails and projects. (David will present the complete list at the Annual Friends of DuPont Meeting on May 2, 2007 at theHendersonville Library at 7:00pm)DONATION We would like to thank Blue Moon of Pinnacle Peak for a 10,000 donation to the Friends of DuPont Forest. Alan Riegerpresented the check to us in January. We appreciate their interest in DuPont Forest.CALENDAR OF EVENTS If you look at the 2007 events on page 6 of this newsletter, you will see that we have planned severalhikes and events throughout the year. I hope to meet more of you this year. Mark your calendar with the dates now and watch formore details on the website www.dupontforest.com.Gloria Clouse, Friends of DuPont Forest President
2007 Friends of DuPont Forest Board RetreatPicture Courtesy of David BrownFront: Tom Fortener, Chris McDonnell, Jeff Jennings, Aleen Steinberg, Peg Bresnahan, Rella Allred, Mary Jo PadgettBack: Chuck Cordray, Jim Plick, Nancy Black, Gloria Clouse, Tom Fanslow, John Carney, Bev Parlier, Seth HarrisonMissing from picture: Gwen Hill, Sandy Schenk, Lynn Harton, Lydia O’Dell & Karen CutrightYouth Bike Safety & RideFebruary 24, 2007Guion Farm Shelter, 10amHey kids!! Did you get a mountain bike forChristmas and are wondering how to care for itand safely ride trails? Then bring your bikeand helmet and come to Guion Farm shelter onFeb.24 at 10:00 AM. FODF members Tom andBev Parlier, who are avid mountain bikers willshow you basic maintenance and how to properly ride trails. How do you negotiate roots?rocks? mud? creeks? other trail users? Comefind out as we ride trails in the Flatwoods areaof DuPont. To register please call 828-8839278 or E-mail [email protected] Courtesy of Bev Parlier
In Praise of Litter ‘Haters’By Peg Bresnahan, FODF Board MemberThe litter sweep on January 27, 2007 proved to be a spectacular success owing to the combined efforts of the Friends Of Dupont Forest andthe Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. Almost fifty volunteers cameout and assaulted not only FODF’s Adopt-A-Highway that extends fromthe corner of Cascade Lake and Staton Roads to the Hooker Falls parking lot, but they continued on to Sky Valley Road, covering Sky Valley formore than three miles. Another group began at Highway 276 and clearedCascade Lake Road passing the Corn Mill Shoals parking lot, on towhere Cascade meets Staton Road.Three stalwarts started at the corner of Cascade Lake Road and pickedup the litter on both sides of Reasonover Road, stopping when theyreached the end at the Blue Ridge Baptist Church. Six volunteers fromAsheville took on Pinnacle Mountain Road. They began at the BlueRidge Baptist Church and hiked up hill for three miles collecting everything except the abandoned appliances that wouldn’t fit into their orangebags.Many were old hands at picking up litter. They arrived with ‘grabbers’ andvests. One wheeled a cart outfitted with one place for an open bag andanother to store spare bags, a water bottle and essentials. A few of thecouples had adopted highways of their own but still found time to helpFODF. There were AmeriCorps students and students from middleschool and high school who came to earn community service points.Unusual finds included a vacuum cleaner dragged out of the woods byits hose, (that disappeared before pick-up the next day), an animal skullwith sharp incisors and a deer antler.The final bag count was ninety-six bags. It took the DOT three truckloadsto haul them away. Despite the fact the event was scheduled to begin at10 a.m. and end at noon, volunteers could still be seen hauling orangebags along the roads at 1:30. The overwhelming turnout for this eventcan be attributed to an increasing awareness and dedication by thosewho care enough to keep our roadsides beautiful. A sunny Januarymorning in the mountains proved an added incentive. Thanks to all whoparticipated.The next pick-up is scheduled for Saturday May 5, 2007. Keep your eyesand ears open for specific information as the date approaches. Additionallitter pick ups will be held on May 5, July 14, and October 16.Pictures courtesy of Ayers Christ
Annual DSF Report - 2006By David Brown, DSF SupervisorMost people visit the forest to see the waterfalls, take ahike or ride a mountain bike. Horse back riding anddog walking continue to be popular activities. Fishingand trail running have increased in the past couple ofyears. Other forest uses include orienteering, huntingby permit, picnics, geocache*, photography, wadingand swimming. There have been occasional horsedrawn carriage rides, and a llama pack trail is plannedfor 2007.Figure 1 - Annual Visitation at DuPont State ts7550ATVs, dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles are notallowed in the forest. Dogs must be on a leash at alltimes. Special use permits are required for meetings,ceremonies, rock climbing and athletic events.25020022003200420052006Figure 2 - Percentage of Cars by State, 2006OH1%VA1%GA TN3% 2%Others6%FL12%SC17%NC58%Forest Visitation for 2006 – Annual visitation increasedfrom 121,400 in 2005 to 134,600 in 2006, an increase of13,200 visits. Since 2002 the forest has averaged 119,200visits per year. See Figure-1. These visitors continue tocome from all over the country, but most are from theSoutheast. During 2006, 58% of the visitors were fromNorth Carolina, 17% from South Carolina, 11% from Florida, 3% from Georgia and 2% from Tennessee. The remaining 8% came from Virginia, Ohio and several states.See Figure-2Volunteer Service – Preliminary data for 2006 indicates a total of over 4,500 hours of volunteer service during theyear. The value of this service at 12 per hour is over 54,000. Volunteers working directly with DSF staff put in about2,000 hours. Friends of DuPont Forest (FODF) volunteered over 1,500 hours. Pisgah Trail Blazers volunteered over1,000 hours. Other groups and organizations that have volunteered time include 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts, colleges,summer camps, campgrounds, Trout Unlimited and Trail Dynamics.Forest Staffing – DuPont State Forest (DSF) was fully staffed with eight personnel through out the year, except forfire assignments in North Carolina and western states. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The phone number is (828) 877-6527. Rangers are on duty seven days a week year round, but are not always in theoffice, especially on weekends.There was a 3-acre fire in DSF on April 15, 2006. The fire on Sky Valley Road was quickly controlled by DSF and Henderson County rangers and the Valley Hill VFD. Bonnie Bomba volunteers in the office most Wednesdays. She answers the phone and does typing and filing. Aleen Steinberg helped in the office on several Fridays during the year.John Reiff and Steve Biesecker are regular volunteers on Tuesdays. They have helped with a number of trail and facility projects. Bill Devendorf made an encore appearance at DSF, and volunteered for 876 hours during the first halfof the year. Chris McDonnell and Lynn Harton also logged lots of volunteer hours in support of forest activities.Facilities – Triple Falls picnic shelter was reconstructed last spring using the same design as the High Falls Shelter.DSF staff and volunteers did the construction. FODF paid for the concrete needed for this project as well as the costof materials and logistical support for the Triple Falls steps. FODF also purchased materials for the new picnic tablesplaced in the Triple Falls Shelter. DSF staff and volunteers constructed a locust rail fence around the new shelter.The architect has completed plans to stabilize the log building to be used as a visitor center. We hope the appropriation of 250,000 over two years will be enough to complete the main floor of the building and build public restrooms.There will not be funds to complete the basement or construct additional parking.*geocache: An outdoor treasure hunt using Global Positioning System (GPS)Annual DSF Report Cont.
Annual Report Cont.FODF purchased materials to construct a viewing platform near Bridal Veil Falls Road to compliment the recently completed trail work going to the base of thefalls. We hope to use volunteers from Western Piedmont Community College to do the construction. FawnLake pier and the small pier at the end of Lake JuliaRoad will be rebuilt in 2007.Road and Trail Projects – Progress has been made ingrading and drainage work on primary forest roads.Improvements to Thomas Cemetery Road and TarkilnBranch Road are almost complete. Routine road maintenance continues on primary forest roads. Numeroustrails had vegetation cut back and minor repairs completed by volunteer work crews. Contract work wascompleted on Briery Fork, Jim Branch, Bridal Veil andCorn Mill Shoals Trails. FODF funded the contractwork with the help of an Adopt-A-Trail Grant.Reservations, Special Events and Facilities UseDuring 2006 1,390 people used DSF picnic sheltersthrough the reservations system, and thousands moreused them on a first come first served basis. Vehiclepermits for the disabled allowed 350 people in to seethe waterfalls.New Bridal Veil Falls TrailSummary of Road and Trail Construction for 2006Road or TrailTRIPLE FALLS TRAILFODF conducted two Tour de Falls last year. The bestturnout was in October when 830 people participated inthe tour over two days. FODF also conducted a blueghost firefly tour for members and guests in the spring.The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education conducted flycasting clinics and kids fishing days at Lake Imaging.Trout Unlimited also hosted a kids’ fishing day. TheCarolina Orienteering Klubb held two orienteeringevents that drew about 450 participants.Running has become a popular activity at DSF. TheHendersonville YMCA conducted a trails marathon inOctober that was very successful with about 300 participants. Jus’ Running held a trail run last March withall the proceeds going to FODF. Brevard RunningCamp used forest trails during the summer.Over 350 people attended meetings at one of the forestfacilities, and training sessions were conducted for 238individuals. Training was conducted by DFR, NationalGuard, USAF, NCHILERT, Henderson County and theTransylvania County Sheriffs Department.Total participation for the above activities was 6,446people. Most of these forest users were not included inour regular parking lot counts to determine visitation.David R. Brown, Forest SupervisorDuPont State ForestPO Box 300Cedar Mountain, NC 28718-0300Phone: (828) 877-6527January 31, 2007Photo courtesy of David BrownTRIPLE FALLS SPURBRIERY FORK TRAILJIM BRANCH TRAILHOOKER FALLS ROADBRIDAL VEIL FALLS RDCORN MILL SHOALS TRLAKE JULIA ROADCONSERVATION ROADHOLLY ROADSHORTCUT TRAILTHOMAS CEMETERY RDWork CompletedByGraded and spread gravelTrail rebuilt from shelter to viewning area. Stepsconstructed to middle of falls.Trail reroute completed, stream crossingrepaired, broad based dips repairedMajor reroute constructed, lower end of trailstabilizedDFR*DFR/VolunteersContractor/DFR/ VolContractor/VolunteersRoad to base of falls repairedTrail reroute completed from end of road to baseof fallsTrail reroute completed near intersection withBridal Veil Falls RoadDFRContractor/DFRGraded and culvert replacedGate at Reasonover Rd. moved back fromhighwayCulverts installed, rough grading completed andsome gravel spreadReconstructed and upgraded to primary forestroadInstalled teracel in wet area, rebuilt broad baseddips, graded and spread gravelDFRContractorDFRDFRDFRDFR* NC Division of Forest ResourcesSummary of reservations, permits andfacility use, 2006PeopleActivityShelter use by reservation1,390Access by disabled permit350Meeting attendees356Work project participants369Training session attendees238Special Event attendees3,745Total participation6,446
DateEventContactPhone2/24/07 Youth Bicycle Safety and Bike RideBev Parlier883-9278Meet at Guion Farms Shelter at 10 am for maintenance instruction and ride on youth bike trail2/27/07 History of DuPont ForestJohn Carney862-3886John Carney will present a report on the history project. Transylvania Co. Library 1 pm3/10/07 Geology HikeAleen Steinberg885-2477Jim Reynolds will share knowledge of rock formations in DuPont. Meet at Buck Forest at 10 am3/27/07 Friends of DuPont Board MeetingGloria Clouse884-2006Meet at 7 pm at Guion Farms4/20/07 Astronomy NightGloria Clouse884-2006View the skies and the Lyrid meteor showers at Guion Farms at 8:00 pm4/28/07 Wildflower HikePeg Bresnahan884-6806Shirl Thomas will help us enjoy the beauty of DuPont's Wild Flowers Meet at Buck Forest at 10 AM5/2/07 Annual Friends of DuPont MeetingChris McDonnell692-2929Meet at the Hendersonville Library at 7:00pm for yearly reports and Volunteer recognition5/5/07 Litter Pick-UpPeg Bresnahan884-6806Meet at Hooker Falls Parking Lot at 10 am. Help clean up the roadsides.5/12/07 Tour de FallsGloria Clouse884-20065/13/07 Tour de FallsChris McDonnell692-2929Shuttle Buses available to see 3 waterfalls and Lake Julia 10 donation 9am to 4pm5/19/07 Volunteer PicnicRella Allred749-5626For Volunteers or those who want to learn more about volunteering. Lunch at Lake Imaging 11:305/26/27 White Squirrel FestivalChris McDonnell692-29295/27/07 White Squirrel FestivalPeg Bresnahan884-6806Information Booth and Map Sales at the Memorial Day festival in Brevard5/29/07 Friends of DuPont Board MeetingGloria Clouse884-2006Meet at Guion Farms at 7 pm5/31/07 Blue Ghost Firefly HikeAleen Steinberg885-24776/1/07 Blue Ghost Firefly HikeAleen Steinberg885-2477Learn about these intriguing insects from Prof. Jennifer Frick Meet at Buck Forest at 9pm6/2/07 National Trails DayJim Plick962-9675Become a supporter of some of the 80 miles of trails in DuPont Forest6/30/07 Photography HikeGloria Clouse884-2006Bring your camera and learn more how to photograph nature. Meet at Buck Forest at 10 am7/14/07 Litter Pick-UpPeg Bresnahan884-6806Meet at Hooker Falls Parking Lot at 10 am7/24/07 FODF Board MeetingGloria Clouse884-2006Meet at Guion Farms7/28/07 Mushroom HikeTom Fortener884-3350Find Mushroom and Fungi in the forest. Meet at Buck Forest at 10 am8/18/07 FODF Canoe Day (Members Only)Bev Parlier883-9278Canoes and lunch provided for FODF members at Lake Julia. Meet at Fawn Lake Parking Lot9/29/07 Fall HikeBev Parlier883-9278Explore interesting areas of DuPont. Meet at Buck Forest Parking lot at 10 am10/6/07 Litter Pick-UpPeg Bresnahan884-6806Meet at Hooker Falls Parking Lot at 10 am10/20/07 Tour de FallsChris McDonnell692-292910/21/07 Tour de FallsGloria Clouse884-2006Shuttle Buses available to see 3 waterfalls and Lake Julia 10 donation10/25/07 Cemetery HikeJohn Carney862-3886Experience a night hike by the full moon Meet at Hooker Falls Parking lot at 8pm11/27/07 FODF Board MeetingGloria Clouse884-2006Meet at Guion Farms at 7 pm
Tales of the Forestby John Carney, Chairman of DSF History Project & FODF BoardThe Summit CampsThe boys’ and girls’ camps which once operated in the forest are frequently referred to as Camp Summit. We have beenadvised that the correct name is The Summit Camps, but they were frequently referred to as Camp Summit, and, in fact,some of the camp literature used the name Camp Summit. The cost for a four-week camping period was 520.00 in1975. There were separate Boys and Girls Camps. Campers were not permitted to call home during their stay unless itwas an emergency. The camps offered a number of outdoor recreation programs. Lake Julia was constructed for thecamps and was used for a number of aquatic activities including water skiing and SCUBA training.Over the FallsIn the past, local residents, workers, campers and visitors to the forest used the ford at High Falls to cross the Little Riveron Buck Forest Road. This is the site of the present covered bridge. Depending upon the water conditions, these ventures were sometimes exciting events. One of those moments took place circa 1935 when a group of summer visitorsmade the trip to High Falls for their annual picnic. A member of this party, a boy about 12 years old, slipped and wentover the falls when a group of children was making the crossing. The group rushed to the bottom of the falls and foundthe boy hanging on a rock near the bottom. He was taken to the hospital in Brevard and subsequently transported, in afull body cast, to his home in South Carolina. He fully recuperated from his tumble and became a successful businessman. High Falls has always been a popular spot for visitors to the forest. We have been told that many bathing suits andjeans were completely worn through sliding down the lower area of the falls. Campers at The Summit Camps used tohave special bathing suits made up of several layers just for this purpose.Murder at Triple FallsOne of the unsolved mysteries of the forest is the murder of the Buck ForestClub Caretaker at Triple Falls. The caretaker was responsible for the propertyand also acted as the game warden. On the night of May 9th, 1947 the caretaker failed to return to his home and a search was started. His body wasfound at the base of Triple Falls. He had been shot with his own gun, a pistol.The reason for the shooting and the identity of the killer(s) are still unknowntoday. Some have speculated that he was killed by moon-shiners or perhapspoachers. The family lived on the property in a five-room house located nearthe present site of Lake Dense. The house and a nearby barn have longsince disappeared. Members of the family still live in the area and have visitedthe forest since it became state property.Forest History ProjectFODF has started work on researching the history of the forest and its residents. This is an ambitious-multifaceted program which, due to its very nature,will continue for the life of the forest. The ultimate goal will be the collection ofinformational resources and materials and development of educational programs for forest visitors. This effort is in the early stages and there is a lot ofwork to be done, or as one person expressed it, a myriad of mysteries to besolved, one at a time. Volunteer help would be appreciated. If you think youmight be interested, please send an e-mail to [email protected] orcall 828-862-3886 and leave a message. A short statement as to how youthink you might contribute would be helpful. If you have historical informationand materials (photos, documents, etc.) please let us know using the methodsnoted above.‘Snail Tree’ Picture Courtesy of Bev ParlierDuPont History ProgramWhy is there a chimney at the High Falls picnic shelter? Who is buried in the Thomas Cemetery? Why is there an airstrip in the middle of a forest? Who is Lake Julia named after?John Carney, FODF board member, has been researching the history of DuPont State Forests. For the past thereyears, he has collected information from oral interviews, land records and newspaper articles. John will present a program with information he has gathered on February 27, 2007 at 1:00pm at the Transylvania Library, 212 South Gaston Street in Brevard. Please plan to attend. The meeting is open to all interested people. Invite a friend.
MembershipGet Involved Student (1 Year) 10I would like to volunteer my time for the advancement of Forest Friend (1 Year) 25 Trail Building & Work Crew Family (1 Year) 35 Adopt-a-Hwy Litter Pick-UpDonate at a level of 50 or more, receive a free Friends of DuPontForest T-shirt (M,L.XL only) Special Events (Tour de Falls, Canoe Day, etc) Partner (1 Year) 50 Special Forest Interest Programs Supporter (1 Year) 100 Membership Services Hooker Falls Contributor (1 Year) 250 Parking Lot Greeters Triple Falls Contributor (1 Year) 500 Grant Writing High Falls Contributor (1 Year) 1000 DuPont State Forest History Program Forest Angel (1 Year) 1001 Fundraising Efforts Additional Donation Other Save the stamps. Please E-mail my newsletter to the E-mail address listed belowMail this form to:Friends of DuPont ForestP.O. Box 2107Brevard, NC 28712Name Address(Please print clearly)City State ZIPReceive a special Friends ofDuPont Forest decal whenyou join or renew yourmembership with FODFPhone ( ) E-mailGloria Clouse, PresidentJohn Carney, Vice PresidentRella Allred, SecretaryChris McDonnell, TreasurerNancy BlackPeg BresnahanKaren CutrightChuck CordrayTom FanslowTom FortenerSeth HarrisonLynn HartonGwen HillJeff JenningsLydia O’DellMary Jo PadgettBev ParlierJim PlickSandy SchenkAleen SteinbergFODF Board of DirectorsFriends of DuPont ForestP.O. Box 2107Brevard, NC 28712
Membership Newsletter for Friends of DuPont Forest February 2007 The Little River Watermark “Great Beginnings” President’s Corner Gloria Clouse, FODF President 2007 promises to be a great year for the Friends of DuPont forest. We have several new