"Dueling stories" or not, the apparent veracity of the NCSU officials and Walker Agriculture both seem to be highly dubious.
The only assurances whatsoever that Hofmann Forest won't become cookie-cutter homes and acres of corn to feed the pigs of NC's enormous commercial hog farming operations are verbal. There's nothing in the contract to prevent pillaging the forest, so it's a really good bet that the forest will be pillaged.
Not until the media attention dies down, mind you, but expect bulldozers before too long.
Mary Watzin and Randy Woodson can't see the forest for the cash. "We put a price on a priceless resource and initiated its destruction" is a pretty crappy legacy, if you ask me.
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