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More Signs not a Good Sign

North Carolina spends lots of money on signs.  They are everywhere, along our roads, on river and stream banks, in coastal waters, and on beaches.  The signs may be informational, educational, or regulatory, but they are all there ostensibly for our benefit as citizens.  Signs for the benefit of citizens – good, right?  More, better?  Not so fast!  After the sale of Hofmann Forest, we’ll get a whole new crop of signs that will say one thing, but will be symbolic of something else entirely.

NCSU, a public University,  is selling Hofmann Forest, public land, to private entities, with no significant long-term restrictions against development.  On the other hand, we have the significant positive accomplishments of other North Carolina government entities working to protect and preserve sources for future drinking water supplies and to reduce the extent of  surface water quality impairment.

It is well known that development, including agriculture,  is the main source of water quality degradation and resulting impaired surface waters.  Research and conclusions on this subject, much conducted at NCSU,  are abundant and clear.  Across a wide spectrum of North Carolina government, this simple, but true, educational message is repeated again, and again.  You cannot escape North Carolina’s watershed-awareness and impact-of-development messages as you go about your life in this state.  You find them as you visit our state’s websites, schools, museums, aquariums, estuarium, parks, and even when you drive on our highways!  Ever see an “Entering Neuse Basin” sign?  Those signs, and the worthy efforts of which they are symbolic, are your tax dollars at work!

NCSU Officials, the NCSU Endowment Fund Board, and Attorney General Roy Copper, who are promoting and facilitating the sale of Hofmann Forest, must have missed all of the NCSU subject matter research and North Carolina’s extensive and well-intentioned watershed-awareness and impact-of-development messages.  How else could they be promoting and facilitating the sale of  Hofmann Forest,  with no significant long-term restrictions against development?  Hofmann Forest is a significant percentage of  the undeveloped land in three already impaired river basins of this state.

Maybe dysfunctional state government just likes signs.  By selling Hofmann Forest, North Carolina will almost certainly get more opportunities to put up closed shellfish waters and swimming advisory signs!  How do I know?  The state says so, again, and again, and again.  I didn’t even have to come up with that one myself!

By the way, those swimming advisory and closed shellfish waters signs, and the worthy efforts of which they are symbolic, are your tax dollars at work, too!

See, we really can pay for it both ways!  After the destruction of Hofmann Forest at the hands of the state, we’ll get a whole new crop of signs.  All these signs, especially the new ones,  will become symbolic of the North Carolina’s worthy efforts to protect us from the consequences of the North Carolina’s, not so worthy, sale of Hofmann Forest!  The signs will cease to have any real meaning related to their words.  Instead, they will just be symbolic of dysfunctional state government.

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N.C. Supreme Court RE: Cubbage, et al v The Board of Trustees Of The Endowment Fund Of NC State University, et al – 380A14-1

From N.C. Court of Appeals
( 14-311 )
From Wake
( 13CVS12884 )
10 October 2014
N.C. Supreme Court
RE: Cubbage, et al v The Board of Trustees Of The Endowment Fund Of NC State University, et al – 380A14-1
Dear Court:
The following Order was entered:
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7A-31(a) and (b)(2) and Rule 15(e)(2) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate
Procedure, the Court on its own initiative hereby certifies for review prior to determination in the Court of Appeals
Cubbage, et al. v. Bd. of Tr. of N.C. State Univ. Endowment Fund, et al, COA14-311. The case shall be docketed
in this Court as of the date of this order. Briefs of the respective parties that have been submitted to the Court
of Appeals shall be considered by this Court. Any party may file a new brief in this Court consistent with the
North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Order 380A14-1

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State Supreme Court takes five controversial cases, bypassing the Court of Appeals | The Progressive Pulse

Cubbage v. N.C. State University Endowment Fund: This case concerns the pending sale of the Hofmann State Forest by the N.C. State Endowment Fund, which plaintiffs say was negotiated in secret and failed to comply with the N.C. Environmental Policy Act because the fund never obtained an Environmental Impact Statement. Wake County Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph dismissed the case last November.

via State Supreme Court takes five controversial cases, bypassing the Court of Appeals | The Progressive Pulse.

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SUPREME COURT DOCKET PAGE

ds-380A14-1

No. 380A14-1
SUPREME COURT OF NORTH CAROLINA
Docket Sheet
Cubbage, et al v The Board of Trustees Of The Endowment Fund Of NC State University, et al

FREDERICK W. CUBBAGE, RONALD W. SUTHERLAND, PHD, RICHARD BARNY BERNARD, JR., JAMES D. GREGORY, and
JOHN EDDY
v
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ENDOWMENT FUND OF NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY AT RALEIGH and
NC STATE NATURAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION, INC.

1 – CT_ORDER (Spec Order) – 10-09-2014
Filed: 10-10-2014 @ 12:06:23
FOR:
BY : N.C. Supreme Court

Party Name; Role
Cubbage, Frederick W.; Plaintiff-Appellant
Sutherland, Ronald W. (PhD); Plaintiff-Appellant
Bernard, Richard (Jr.) (Barny); Plaintiff-Appellant
Gregory, James D.; Plaintiff-Appellant
Eddy, John; Plaintiff-Appellant
The Board of Trustees Of The Endowment Fund Of North Carolina State University At Raleigh; Defendant-Appellee
NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.; Defendant-Appellee
Cubbage, Frederick W., et al; Appellant

Attorney for Appellant – Cubbage, Frederick W., et al
Mr. James L. Conner, II [Primary Attorney]
Attorney at Law
jconner@rl-law.com
Ms. Amie C. Sivon
Attorney at Law
asivon@rl-law.com
RAGSDALE LIGGETT PLLC
P.O. Box 31507
Raleigh, NC 27622
(919) 881-2201

Attorney for Defendant-Appellee – The Board of Trustees Of The Endowment Fund Of North Carolina State University At Raleigh
Ms. Katherine A. Murphy [Primary Attorney]
Assistant Attorney General
kmurphy@ncdoj.gov
Ms. Catherine F. Jordan
Assistant Attorney General
cjordan@ncdoj.gov
N.C. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 716-6920

Attorney for Defendant-Appellee – NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Paul T. Flick [Primary Attorney]
Attorney at Law
pflick@jordanprice.com
Ms. Lori P. Jones
Attorney at Law
ljones@jordanprice.com
JORDAN PRICE WALL GRAY JONES & CARLTON
P.O. Box 10669
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 828-2501

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RALEIGH: NC Supreme Court takes several cases from its own appeals court | State Politics | NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court surprised parties in several lawsuits Friday by snatching their cases away from the state Court of Appeals.

These include an appeal by environmentalists who want to block the sale of N.C. State University’s massive Hofmann Forest – a case in which the appellate court was believed to be close to a decision

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article10092185.html

 

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Save The Crab!

Save The Crab!.  Folks — No need to get worried here, they just want “flexibility!”  Whatever could be wrong with that?  NCSU has offered ‘assurances” on development of Hofmann Forest after the sale, so there’s nothing to worry about there either.  Just be good lemmings, big brother knows what’s best!

We are at risk of losing our park!  RDU Airport Authority has chosen NOT to renew the lease for the majority of Lake Crabtree County Park land to Wake County Parks & Recreation.  More specifically, for the section where the multi-use trail reside, which constitute about 82% of what we know as Lake Crabtree County Park today.  Under the management of Wake County – Parks and Recreation, with collaboration of TORC (Triangle Off-Road Cyclist), this lease has allowed us to build and maintain a network of trails for recreational use.  Until December 2013, the lease had been normally renewed every 5 years.

RDU Airport Authority recently hired the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an organization based out of Washington DC, to conduct a study and formulate a plan for the development of RDU’s land.

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More Public Land at Risk- This Time Lake Crabtree

RDU eases worries about Lake Crabtree park takeover :: WRAL.comAirport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said the airport opted to let the lease lapse to negotiate a shorter term to give them flexibility.

Don’t worry! What is happening to Hoffman Forest “for the students” won’t happen at lake Crabtree.  They don’t want to sell it, they just want more flexibility!  The trails will just end up with more obstacles and hurdles, like roads and fences.  It’ll be fine!  Trust them.  Just like we can trust NCSU’s “assurances” on development of Hofmann Forest after the sale.  Don’t worry, be euphemistically happy!

 

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Remember the Berkeley protests of 1964 – Technician: Opinion

It’s possible on our campus to influence change and advocate for things we care about. College students have had an important voice in society in the past, but we shouldn’t relegate that power to history books. If students today can shelve their apathy and overcome fear of failure, they can make big changes in the world around them.

via Remember the Berkeley protests of 1964 – Technician: Opinion.

Let’s let the Opposition to the Sale of Hofmann Forest become another example of how students can make a difference!  It is not too late!

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Meet the people who voted to sell Hofmann Forest!

Dear Friends of Hofmann Forest,

I am writing to invite you to a very special occasion! On Thursday, October 16, the NC State Natural Resources Foundation Board will be meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, NC, 10:00am. 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513 (just off I-40, behind Bass Pro Shops)

The Natural Resources Foundation, in case you don’t know, is the group whose vote in January, 2013 started the process of putting Hofmann Forest up for sale (even though they haven’t owned the forest since 1977). We would like it very much if a few of you could join us at the hotel that morning to express our feelings about the relative merits of their decision.

If you think you can make it, please RSVP to me with “NRF welcoming committee” in the subject line, and I’ll send you the details of what we have in mind. We should have plenty of Save Hofmann yard signs to give away at the event as well, so if you need a sign this is a good opportunity to pick one up.

One other thing – there are still a few million people in North Carolina (and beyond) who would be opposed to the Hofmann Forest sale, if only someone they knew took the time to explain what is going on and how they could get involved. Can you please take a moment to share the petition link below with your friends and family again, with a short message why you think protecting a 79,000-acre public forest is important in this day and age?
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-hofmann-forest-from?source=c.fwd&r_by=10925835

If they need more info, you can refer them to our beautiful interactive map:
http://wn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=80da886a8e7e4eb899a4d3e9c11c66bd

Thank you very much for sticking up for Hofmann Forest when no one else would. All of you deserve the very special new title: “Hofmann’s Heroes” – how does that sound?

Did I mention that the News and Observer reported that NCSU hopes to have the Hofmann deal closed on or before November 17? We don’t have very much time left to derail the sale…

For the forest,

Ron Sutherland, Ph.D.
NCSU Biology ’99
Conservation Scientist
Wildlands Network
ron@wildlandsnetwork.org

ps – great new Hofmann articles if you haven’t seen them:
http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=4510
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/news/article_b6e9cf92-496e-11e4-890e-6b6ddc639d4b.html

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Letter: Hofmann Forest – Letters – Sun Journal

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.

Letter: Hofmann Forest – Letters – Sun Journal.

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