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.
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.