Biker Jeff Keener savors Dupont’s slickrock. A bill recently passed in the North Carolina State legislature that makes Dupont State Forest North Carolina’s first State Recreational Forest. Dupont is a 10,000-acre tract of land in Transylvania County, famous for its waterfalls and singletrack. The bill was introduced by state senator Tom Apodaca and representative Chuck McGrady in response to a proposed management shift for Dupont that could have resulted in a loss of certain recreational uses including mountain biking. Dupont is one of the most popular state-owned properties in North Carolina, with mountain bikers making up the majority of users.“The public recognizes Dupont for what it is—a premier recreation destination—but we wanted to make sure the state of North Carolina recognized that fact as well,” says Woody Keen, a professional trail builder and mountain biker on the advisory board for Dupont State Forest. “It was important to the public that the management of Dupont not change. Our representatives acted on that desire, and now we have North Carolina’s first state forest intended for recreation.”In addition to Dupont’s scenic beauty, which includes several waterfalls, the forest’s 85-mile trail system has become a showcase of sustainable trail building, hosting workshops and demonstrations by professional trail builders from all over the world. Here are two recent trail building projects worth checking out in Dupont State Recreational Forest.Jim Branch Trail: This former road has recently been converted into swooping, sustainable singletrack.Hill Top: An old trail was decommissioned and a new, more sustainable trail was built in its place, offering more than a mile of brand new singletrack.
Preceding him in death are his parents, sister Bertha Ostrandar of Washington and brother Delbert Bliss of Kansas. Survivors include his wife Patricia of the home, daughters Carol Dick and husband Ed Dobson of Wellington and Cathy Bliss and husband Alan of Newkirk, OK, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, brother Albert G. Bliss of Canton, TX. Thomas F. Bliss, 86, of Winfield, died on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Riverview Manor in Oxford.It was Tommieâ€™s wish that following cremation no services will be held. It was Tommieâ€™s wish that everyone do a good deed in memory of him.Thomas Fredrick Bliss was born on February 9, 1927 the son of Elmer E. and Florence E. (Crane) Bliss in Ashton. Tommie grew up on a farm in rural Sumner County until December 1947. He attended college at Southwestern for a semester before graduating from Wichita Business College.He was united in marriage with Patricia Walker on June 17, 1948 in Oxford. The family purchased the grain elevator in Oxford and Tommy worked there, until his retirement in 1985. The family continued to live in Oxford until 1995 and moved to Winfield. Tommy was a member of the Methodist Church and enjoyed travel, water sports and dancing.