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This morning’s lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it right in critiquing N.C. State’s proposal to sell tens of thousands of acres of forest in eastern North Carolina to developers. While crediting the university with scaling back its original plan to sell of the whole thing for bulldozing purposes, the editorial rightfully notes that the new plan (to sell part to developers and another part to a company that would treat the rest as a kind of timber farm) is still a cause for concern, As the paper notes:

The best plan for Hofmann’s future was voiced on the opposite page earlier this month by former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, long a conservationist and a respected attorney. Meeker believes the State of North Carolina or an “environmental group” should buy the forest and set it up for permanent conservation. Either the state or such a group could pay for the forest in installments and reap the benefit of selling those training rights to the military.

Meeker notes the money involved, now at roughly $130 million, would in installments be fairly small inside a state budget of $21 billion. The university would get money for its environmental departments, and the forest would be preserved.

Of course, such a plan would probably require state leaders to step up to the plate and do two things the current group hates to do: spend money on higher education and protect the environment. The N&O and former Mayor Meeker advance a good idea, but we’re not holding our breath that Gov. McCrory or legislative leaders will heed the advice.
For more on the efforts of activists to save this important natural resource visit:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-hofmann-forest-from/ and https://www.facebook.com/SaveHofmannForest
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Water pollutionThis morning’s NC League of Conservation Voters news update contains a link to a very helpful and informative blog post on environmental policy by a former DENR official, who’s now out on her own. The post is entitled “Environmental Policy in N.C. : Looking back at 2013 and forward to 2014.”

The League’s update also provides this very troubling news (especially in light of the water pollution disaster in West Virginia in recent days):

“Administrative Watch: Clean Water on the Line

Every meaningful state protection for clean water in North Carolina will be at grave risk of being cut back or eliminated in the rules review process starting this week in Raleigh. Read More

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Lest you think  the ongoing conversion of Jordan Lake into a sewer was the only environmental disaster in the works as the result of the 2013 legislative session, check out this sobering statement from N.C. Conservation Network E.D. Brian Buzby:

“A new crowd of extreme lawmakers in Raleigh is betraying North Carolina’s natural heritage and jeopardizing our future. In the blink of an eye – just six short months – many of the legislators at the General Assembly have attempted to rewrite or repeal almost every common sense law and regulation on the books impacting the environment. Read More

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Dan Crawford of the N.C. League of Conservation Voters distributed the following statement this morning: 

RALEIGH, N.C. – In anticipation of the NC General Assembly’s return on January 30, an analysis of the 2012 Conservation Legislative Scorecard reveals a disturbing trend in regard to the new leadership and the environment. The scorecard published by NC League of Conservation Voters gives each state legislator a score of 0 to 100 based on his or her votes on key environmental bills during each legislative session.

The newly appointed leaders of House committees affecting the environment earned an average of 28% in the 2011-12 session, well below the overall House average of 42%, itself down from 67% in the 2009-10 session. Key roles in the House include the Environment Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Public Utilities Committee, the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.

More disturbing than the House scores, Read More

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From the  folks at the NC League of Conservation Voters:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2012 – CONTACT:  Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations, Office 919-839-0020, Mobile 919-539-1422, dan@nclcv.org

MEMBERS OF NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECEIVE LOWEST SCORES EVER ON CONSERVATION SCORECARD

After months of waiting for the Legislature to officially end the 2011 Long Session, the NC League of Conservation Voters released its annual Conservation Scorecard. NCLCV has been scoring NC Legislators on environmental issues since 1999 and this year’s scores are the lowest they have ever been. The Scorecard is a valuable tool voters can use to evaluate which legislators best represent their environmental values. The Conservation Scorecard gives each state legislator a score of 0 to 100 based on his or her votes on key environmental bills in the recent session of the General Assembly.  Read More