Regarding the March 18 news article “NCSU unveils new forest plan”: Chancellor Randy Woodson and NCSU now have the right stuff for the Hofmann Forest. Now NCSU should analyze the best alternatives to keep and manage the forest; explicitly involve forestry, conservation, faculty and local stakeholders in an open and transparent process; and place a working conservation easement on the forest.
A sincere, reformed approach to keeping the Hofmann Forest by the university will help advance our mission of teaching and research about sustainability and forest management and protection, increase endowment funding and contributions, and foster long-term goodwill among all stakeholders involved. Teach what you believe, practice what you teach: forest resource management, conservation, transparency, collaboration.
Professor of Forestry, NCSU