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Re: “Hofmann Forest sale nearly derailed

Whether of not the sale goes through it's a bad deal for the citizens of our state. How people would turn down land for under $2000 a acre? Even with the potential of environmental regulations many people would of bought for hunting and other uses.

Secondly when you read over carefully the contract promises nothing except a 30 foot by 30 foot piece of landscaped land for a plaque as the "legacy forest". NC can do scientific research but only at the desecration of the buyer and for a fee. None of NCSU's retained "privileges" which they brag about are set up as covenants. They won't transfer to the next buyer. Walker isn't even required to get a contract, which according to the prospectus will be for fifty years for $50 million dollars, from the DOD. They only have to make an effort. They can flip this property a week after the purchase goes through if they so desire. Whether you believe in big government or small government we can all agree that we should get good value from our government. This is not a good value for the taxpayers of North Carolina.

Read, Write, Tweet, Meet stop the sale of Hofmann forest.

“Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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Posted by Benjamin Wright on 11/26/2013 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Dueling stories surround N.C. State's Hofmann Forest deal

Arthur, regarding the question of kickbacks, I don't know. However it definitely appears that some members of the NC State Community maneuvered for this outcome. The forest needs our help before it's too late.

Read about it.
Write about it in response to new articles and on blogs.
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Meet about it - We need people who are willing to take action.

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Posted by Benjamin Wright on 11/25/2013 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Dueling stories surround N.C. State's Hofmann Forest deal

Am I missing something or is there an attempt to place blame on the prospectus on Weyheuser? The truth is that anyone who looks over the prospectus will realize it's not a bad prospectus for making money. When we look at how fast Walker Agriculture has grown it's not through accident, they're making money somewhere.

In response to an October 30 piece in the Raleigh News and Observer Robert Brown Dean of the College of Natural Resouces states, "The 4,000 ac (5% of the total) below HWY 17 will probably be developed, as CNR would have done as well if they had kept the forest."

At least some portions of NCSU are willing to acknowledge that the college had plans for the development. Mr. Brown should be applauded for have the fortitude to acknowledge that NCSU was fully aware that development of a portion of Hofmann forest was likely without the willingness of the University to take a stand for strong conservation ethics.

That's what real leaders do is take a strong stand during tough times and figure out how to make it work. They don't sell out.

Regardless of who wrote the prospectus neither group has been willing to place any sort of conservation agreement into the contract. Nor has NCSU ever shown proof of any other attempts to generate revenue while keeping the entirety of Hoffman forest for the citizens of North Carolina. In the absence of that evidence we must assume they did nothing and that's not acceptable.

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Posted by Benjamin Wright on 11/20/2013 at 2:08 PM

Re: “N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences director puts kibosh on documentary about sea-level rise

So Dave Burton where's the water going? We know that the earth's temperature is warming and that water expands as it warms. Secondly we know that vast quantities of water are pouring into the oceans from melting glaciers and the ice sheets found in Antarctica and Greenland, that water simply hasn't disappeared.

Your refusal to acknowledge the validity of sea level rise data from the past twenty years clearly demonstrates your agenda. Will you also deny the data concerning the melting of the glaciers or the warming of the oceans having increased during the past twenty years?

Here's three more articles/ webpages to add your website sealevel,info

What Goes Down Must Come Back Up - Explaining the "mysterious" stop in sea level rise you like to talk about can be attributed to a very strong La Nina weather event.

Global Mean Sea Level Time Series (seasonal signals removed) - Shows the global sea level has increased to levels higher than previously mentioned.

Timing and magnitude of recent accelerated sea-level rise (North Carolina, United States) - Demonstrates that the increasing rate of sea level rise can be shown in changes to the peat in North Carolina's Salt Marsh show the same unprecedented sea level rise as shown by the GRACE Satellites and tidal gauges.

Your presentation before the John Locke foundation was correct on several points however. Some environmentalist have taken the opportunity to advance other environmental agendas which would benefit from aggressive sea level policy.

Secondly that a straight line 39 inch measurement would greatly impact coastal development. I'm sure we can both agree however that private individuals and groups should not be expecting the taxpayers to bail them out of ill conceived coastal developments and that an end to subsidized flood insurance would alleviate this problem.

As for others comments regarding the appropriateness of the facility from a viewing stand point, I agree that it would of been less than ideal. Lydia's suggestion of the Carolina Theater in Durham is a much better suggestion and the large stage would easily allow for a panel discussion afterwards.

On it fails to give a link (at least I didn't find one) to the NOAA tidal gauges for NC. Here's the site. Anyone will easily notice that sea level is rising precipitously in many parts of the North Carolina Coast.

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Posted by Benjamin Wright on 11/19/2013 at 10:09 PM

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