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Hofmann Forest sale looking uglier by the minute

Draining and clear-cutting our precious wetlands:

The Corps and EPA officials will likely visit the forest before deciding whether wetlands were illegally ditched, Sugg said. He had told Coastal Review Online in early February and other media since then that some wetland rules appear to have been violated in the Hofmann.

The Corps’ investigation began early this year after the N.C. Coastal Federation asked for information about ditching activities in the forest. The request was triggered by an “investors’ prospectus” that surfaced late last year after N.C. State shocked many by announcing the pending sale. The document raised numerous questions about what the new owners would do with the land; it outlines commercial and residential development on thousands of acres, calling into question assurances from the prospective new owner that it would maintain most of the forest for research and timber management and sales, and not convert it to agricultural, commercial and residential uses.

The prospectus noted that more than 5,500 acres in the Hofmann had been clear cut and could easily be converted to agriculture.

And what's becoming more and more obvious as time goes by is the State's premier agricultural institution (NC State) is managed by people who only give a passing nod to conservation of our natural resources:

'Financing the Future': Tax debate at NCSU

Financing the Future: Reforming State Tax for North Carolina

May 7, 11:45 a.m.
Emerging Issues Commons, James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
NC State University
1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
$10 Registration Fee

North Carolina’s economy and population have changed dramatically over the last century, yet our financial systems have remained relatively stagnant. As our population and infrastructure needs change, so too, must our tax system. Tax reform is a complicated and often contentious issue, and North Carolina has once again begun weighing the prospect of reforming the State’s tax system.

Dix Campus Action Plan: Why was it killed?

Dix Campus Action Plan: Why was it killed?

The Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL TV and WRAL.com have repeatedly quoted those who claim the Dix Property lease that was signed in December was the direct culmination of eight or more years work. But WRAL reported on another proposal that would have involved NC State University in a joint venture for future use of the Dix Campus. The N&O then also wrote in December 2012 about the Dix Campus Action Plan. WRAL’s Laura Leslie obtained the Plan from the Governor’s office according to emails I have just obtained from NCSU--after requesting them 12/12/2012.

Perdue's Hail Mary as time runs out

Little known fact for anyone interested in transparency in government or in Gov. Bev Perdue’s Hail Mary pass for a touchdown, as she leaves office: leasing Dix Hill for a park. I have been doing some research and calling usually well-informed sources about a section of a story that appeared in the N&O on Dec. 3rd.

It told of another plan for the use of the Dix Campus that would actually have benefited those with mental illness. (You know--those folks for whom the Dix Hill was created in the first place?) But I came up empty in finding out the whole story.

Matt Garfield wrote the story referencing NCSU's plans, and he brought up a plan that would have created a Mental Health Think Tank as well as a park and a Center to promote entrepreneurship. Sounded good to me. Unfortunately, it was not reported in the media until after the plans were cancelled at the last minute.

Groups protest Wells Fargo Chief in NC: NCSU Occupy members will protest

Occupy Protests are planned when Well Fargo CIO John Stumpf speaks later in the day at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

See the WRAL story from Winston-Salem where protests were planned ealier today

It's time to quit this craziness.

From the N&O regarding McQueen Campbell.

In two letters to the partnership's land manager obtained by The News & Observer, Campbell bragged about his connections, writing that he had the "political presence" and "strong relationships throughout state government" to get developments approved "much quicker than any other developer."

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