The Dec. 9 editorial “Hofmann, Act 2” recommended that NCSU leaders give the 79,000 acres of Hofmann Forest to Uncle Sam (federal government) to merge this vast area near Jacksonville with the Croatan National Park to be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This is a lousy idea.
The U.S. government has an $18 trillion national debt. The Obama administration has been warned by Congress that there may be another “government shut-down.” The U.S. Department of the Interior is struggling to keep the national parks in good shape, as President Theodore Roosevelt had hoped in the early 20th century.
The North Carolina General Assembly sponsored a study to look at headwaters in 17 river basins. I carefully reviewed the outcome of this study. Hofmann Forest accommodates headwaters of three major coastal rivers in North Carolina.
Biodiversity in the wilderness is declining in North Carolina. Hofmann Forest is ideal as a model coastal ecosystem, and we should take this opportunity to use state funds to create a “task force” to advise NCSU to make the best use of Hofmann Forest.
Robert Y. George