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Group protests NC State forest sale

Posted May 6, 2013

— A group of North Carolina State University students, faculty and alumni placed more than 600 baby pines trees in Chancellor Randy Woodson's driveway Monday to protest the pending sale of Hofmann Forest.

The group says it wants university leaders to continue using the 80,000-acre tract of land, located near Jacksonville, for research and education and to consider input from alumni and stakeholders before moving forward.

"We have set this up to try to get the chancellor's attention, to get him to take notice and see that this is a bad deal for N.C. State University," said protester Ron Sutherland. "Hofmann Forest is too important to let go without a fight." 


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  • ripetomatoes May 8, 2013

    I kind of doubt such a move would not be attempted without some serious planning and discussion. btneast

    Exactly. How is this sale justified?

  • btneast May 8, 2013

    Let's just worry about revenue.

    If you don't have enough revenue, you can't keep the lights on in the Forestry Dept. Is it possible that the forest is not utilized now like it once was? Do you not think the Trustees and Chancellor would have consulted with the various affected departments before making such a decision? Is it possible they have other tracts of land they own that suit their academic purposes better? I kind of doubt such a move would not be attempted without some serious planning and discussion.

  • ripetomatoes May 8, 2013

    Ok, you guys made it clear I am wrong...

    NCSU was once nationally known for its Forestry Degree program.

    That's not important anymore.

    Let's just worry about revenue.

  • archmaker May 8, 2013

    this is for the comment poster down below who doesn't believe the government should own any land or the constitution gives them the authority to own. the following passage is from our north carolina constitution (written the last time republicans were in charge of our state):

    Sec. 5. Conservation of natural resources.

    It shall be the policy of this State to conserve and protect its lands and waters for the benefit of all its citizenry, and to this end it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina and its political subdivisions to acquire and preserve park, recreational, and scenic areas, to control and limit the pollution of our air and water, to control excessive noise, and in every other appropriate way to preserve as a part of the common heritage of this State its forests, wetlands, estuaries, beaches, historical sites, openlands, and places of beauty.

  • Wheelman May 7, 2013

    For those who apparently didn't read the article and want to blame the GOP and Legislature, they don't have anything to do with it. It's NCSU chancellor that is wanting to sell it. Anything to try to make it political for some.

  • GravyPig May 7, 2013

    "There's always somebody who wants to protest everything."

    Aint that the truth though. Here you are protesting the protest.

    Heck, I'm protesting your protest of the original protest.

  • katzpauz May 7, 2013

    The more land that is in private hands, the more taxes can be collected.....the more land in government hands...the HIGHER your taxes. Period. This INSANE tendency of some of you to embrace the idea that Government needs to OWN land is crazy. You want to protect that land, those trees? Then a group of you get together and buy it and develop a trust of some sort that will perpetually pay the property taxes for it....you can let it sit fallow....No, I do not believe in State or Federal parks. No, I do not believe in State Forests or National Forests. No, I do not believe in Reserves. The Constitution spelled out perfectly what government "needed" to own, and it was very, very limited. Again, I have no problem with a group of you getting together and buying the forest and setting it aside, AS LONG AS you are willing to pay the taxes.

  • katzpauz May 7, 2013

    I own a part too as a tax payer.....sell please...

  • Bartmeister May 7, 2013

    As a taxpayer, I own a tiny part of this land. Nobody asked me if it was ok to sell.


    I'm not so sure you have ANY ownership and I wouldn't wait for a call for permission any time soon either. You can claim one of those pine trees that they put in the driveway. Heck, take two.

  • ljones5 May 7, 2013

    I can hear the lorax crying from here. It isn't always about the fast buck people, it is a self sustaining forest, there is a profit being made annually. Who is to say 10 years from now the new owner won't have better ideas of what to do with the forst then what NCSU wishes.