DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest have begun a phased reopening in Western North Carolina.News Release
Record visitation seen at public lands during COVID-19 pandemic; public reminded to maintain social distanceNews Release
Residents are asked to reconsider burning yard debris due to spring wildfire season and COVID-19 pandemicNews Release
The ban on open burning issued on 4/3/20 for 32 western counties was lifted at noon on 4/13/2020 and burning permits are again being issued online.News Release
North Carolina's forest land is one of the greatest influences on the state, providing economic value and adding immeasurably to the quality of life for its residents. The forest products industry is the largest manufacturing business sector in the state, contributing approximately $31.4 billion annually to the state's economy and providing around 144,000 jobs for North Carolinians. The NC Forest Service's primary purpose is to ensure adequate and quality forest resources for the state to meet its present and future needs.