N.C. State University has held Hofmann Forest in trust for the benefit of its students and residents throughout the state for decades. In transferring ownership from public to private, the citizens of North Carolina and the future NCSU-CNS students will be deprived of the many public benefits provided by the forest. Watershed protection, soil and forest conservation, wildlife habitat improvement, production of timber and other commodities will be compromised. They will be lost completely to the people of North Carolina if this property transfers to private ownership.
NCSU used to be a model of forestry management; Hofmann Forest is the largest university-owned working forest in the world and it used to be renowned — both the forest and the school were renowned. NCSU should be ashamed. Not only have they mismanaged this forest as well as the income it used to bring, they will lost their standing as one of the best forestry schools in the world IF they continue to push this sale of Hofmann Forest through.
Save Hofmann Forest advocates are proud to announce that our next protest will be held Saturday Sept 20, from 11am-noon, at Deppe Park (northeast of Jacksonville, NC on Highway 17). The public is welcome to attend, and we will have at least 200 new Save Hofmann yard signs to distribute at the event, so even if people just want to stop by and pick up a sign they are more than welcome to do so. Jessica Hult is the lead contact for the event, 252-342-0591, firstname.lastname@example.org. The goal of the protest is to continue to draw attention to the fact that a 79,000-acre tract of public forest is being sold to private buyers, without protections and without complying with state law, and against the wishes of 11,000+ people who have signed petitions opposing the sale plan.
Hofmann Forest has been used for decades to provide multiple public benefits, including clean water, wildlife habitat, and forestry research and experimentation. NCSU has held this land in trust for the benefit of it’s students and residents throughout the state. In transferring ownership from public to private, the citizens of North Carolina and the future NCSU-CNS students will be deprived of the many public benefits provided by the forest. Watershed protection, soil and forest conservation, wildlife habitat improvement, production of timber and other commodities will be compromised. They will be lost completely to the people of North Carolina if this property transfers to private ownership.
Hofmann Forest provides critical filtration of run-off from areas west of the forest helping to make the Castle Hayne Aquifer one of the prime aquifers on the east coast. Is the potential loss of our drinking water worth it? Speaking of water–what about our beaches? What about the Crystal Coast? Do we want our beaches to experience even more closures due to high bacteria numbers? What about those tourists? We depend on their dollars coming to our Crystal Coast beaches. More beach closures means less tourists spending their hard earned money. It also means people will move out.
This potential sale of Hofmann Forest, even split into two sales- one to RMS Timber and the other 29,000 acres going to Walker Ag Group and their elusive investors using the moniker “Hofmann Forest, LLC” does nothing to prevent the future development of this sensitive wetland & pocosin. The buyers are going to want to make money on their investment, and that will undoubtedly include some sort of development. If the buyer can sell easements to Camp LeJeune, why cannot NCSU-CNS do the same in order to increase income from the property? This sale is one of the most all-encompassing short-sighted deals I’ve ever witnessed. One new stadium or theatre & poof- the money from the sale of Hofmann will be gone.
One last item- Robert Brown (NCSU Dean 2006) has definitively stated there are NO endangered indigenous plants in Hofmann. Is this because the pine plantation part has been so poorly mismanaged that it currently is unsuitable for those species that are now thriving in the Croatan National Forest, Holly Shelter, and also Camp LeJeune? NCSU used to be a model of Forestry management; Hofmann Forest is the largest University-owned working forest in the world and it used to be renowned- both the forest and the school were renowned. NCSU should be ashamed. Not only have they mismanaged this forest as well as the income it used to bring, they will lost their standing as one of the best forestry schools in the world IF they continue to push this sale of Hofmann Forest through.
Article 14, Section 5 of the North Carolina Constitution is clearly being violated. And where exactly are those REQUIRED state or federal environmental impact studies on the property comprising Hofmann Forest? There are so many blatant atrocities involved in this scandalous sale. It would certainly behoove NCSU to reconsider selling Hofmann Forest.
IWLA White Oak River Chapter President
NC-WRC Hunter’s Ed Instructor
Howdy ya’ll!I’m excited about this month’s meeting! Donnie has confirmed Daniel Baumgardner will be our speaker this month. Daniel has been working long and hard on the Weetok trail, which was one of local legend Elmer Eddy’s pet projects. The Weetok runs appx from Hwy 58 along Holstein Creek on the northern end, along the White Oak River, then along Hunter’s Creek back out to Hwy 58 a bit further south. This link is 10 years old, but gives you a basic idea of the route this trail takes. http://www.waterwaystewards.us/wwsblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/2004-02-01-WEETOK-TRAIL-SECTION-1.pdf[Here’s a newer map by Daniel, but please do look at the one above, too! 2014-07-28 Daniels Weetock Trail Map Thanks! – John]Daniel has been instrumental in re-routing this trail–something that is inevitable after years of storms, as we well know at the IWLA. He is also helping to officially document some real neat archaeological finds- a mass grave of over 200 African-Americans, once thought by locals to be an old hospital cemetery. There’s lots more, going back thousands of years & including several Native American specific sites. The Weetok is rich with history & I’m encouraging all our members, friends, and Scouts to come & see Daniel’s presentation on the Weetok Trail on Tuesday September 23rd.Meet-n-greet begins at 5:30, eatin at 6, & Daniel at 6:30. Please come out & join us. Dinner this month is going to be potluck…. you know I’m gonna bake some bread for this one! Don’t miss out!
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Compiled from North Carolina State University College of Natural Resources, School Forests Records, UA 140.045, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Are there carnivorous plants in Hofmann Forest? It stands to reason that because carnivorous plants are known to exist near Hofmann Forest (personal observations of Jessica Hult, Steve Malay, and John Eddy), there are probably populations in areas of similar habitat within Hofmann Forest! Development of Hofmann Forest as depicted in the Hofmann LLC Prospectus, may endanger such populations. This is but one of the many reasons an Environmental Assessment needs to be performed prior to this sale of public land!
Here are some photos of nearby carnivorous plants, Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Sundews, courtesy of Jessica Hult and Steve Malay (IWLA). Location info has been intentionally removed to protect the plants!
Jessica Hult adds:
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is well aware of the presence of carnivorous plants in Holly Shelter, even hosting Carnivorous plant walks— http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/holly-shelter-carnivorous-plant-adventure & even this year– http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/holly-shelter-lifelong-hike
That places these plants to the east and southwest of Hofmann. Very convincing evidence that they would exist within Hofmann, too.
Please help us Save Hofmann Forest and the important habitat it provides!