Stephen Bishop: NCSU officials fail forestry

November 19, 2013 

A lot has been done for the sake of the greater good and greater profits, so much so that the two are often synonymous. What is good is profitable. What is most good, or greatest, is most profitable. For better or worse, this seems to be the criteria applied to everything these days. Unfortunately, NCSU is behind the times.

For decades N.C. State has taught forestry students that good forestry means sustainability or sacrificing some present-day profits for future returns. But there’s no return to Hofmann Forest once the trees are cut, and corn, soybeans, houses and strip malls planted. Perhaps that’s what the dean, chancellor and Board of Trustees want and expect. They don’t want reporters returning years from the sale date to hold them accountable, to see what really happened to Hofmann Forest.

If the sale goes through, I do hope in five years The N&O remembers and returns. By that time, Chancellor Randy Woodson and Dean Mary Watzin should have updated their forestry curriculum to preach what they practice: Good forestry equals the greatest profit or cut-and-run logging at its worst.

Stephen Bishop


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