When a property owner wants to divest but maintain some protections on a property, an easement of some kind is used. This is very basic stuff, and NC State's administration has no excuse for not using a mechanism like this if they are being truthful about their intentions for the property to remain a working forest. Sadly, I believe this is just another example of North Carolina turning its back on all of the natural values of the state that have made it such a great place to work and live. Bottom line, this forest should not be sold. It brings in 2 million a year in revenue to the College of Natural Resources and serves a suite of invaluable, albeit, harder to monetize functions (e.g. habitat connectivity, military base buffering, water protection).
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