Regarding the Sept. 18 letter “ Hofmann plan satisfactory”: Charles Meeker rightly sees some good things about the new sale agreement for Hofmann Forest – chiefly, that a majority of the land would go to a timber company that has a good reputation of working with conservationists.
But the deal is far from perfect. NCSU’s new sale agreement results in “Doc” Hofmann’s 79,000-acre legacy immediately being broken into pieces that may never be rejoined.
If the deal proceeds as described, almost everyone expects the new owners to collaborate with developers to destroy their respective shares of Block 10, the part of Hofmann Forest that intersects U.S. 17. Losing Block 10 to strip malls and subdivisions will permanently blockade the important wildlife corridor that exists between Hofmann Forest and Camp Lejeune, and it will encourage sprawling developments all the way to New Bern, threatening the connection between Hofmann and Croatan National Forest as well.
N.C. State University still must comply with the State Environmental Policy Act by completing an environmental impact assessment of the Hofmann sale, and it must comply with the N.C. Constitution by choosing a fate for Hofmann Forest that is fully consistent with our state’s policy to conserve and protect our land and waters. Many of our other political leaders in Raleigh need to be reminded of that constitutional policy as well,.
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Conservation scientist, Wildlands Network