Regarding the Sept. 10 news article “ NCSU alters its sale of forest”: The revised plan recently announced by North Carolina State University satisfies my concern that the Hofmann Forest remain a working forest, and Resource Management Service has a good reputation as a timber manager. It will own over two-thirds of the forest. The remaining owner has also indicated a willingness to consider a conservation easement.
The revised plan is practical and is designed to keep this large tract protected. To me, this appears to be a thoughtful resolution of the debate that has gone on in recent months.
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The writer, Raleigh’s mayor from 2001 to 2011, previously called for Hofmann Forest be acquired by the state or an environmental group for permanent conservation as a working and research forest.