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NC Supreme Court takes Hofmann Forest sale appeal

JACKSONVILLE — The Supreme Court has taken up the appeal over the sale of North Carolina State University’s Hofmann Forest, a working forest in Onslow and Jones counties.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported (http://bit.ly/1wouoVk) reported the state Supreme Court bypassed the N.C. Court of Appeals in taking the case.

Opponents of the sale include foresters, professors and conservationists who sued in September 2013. A Wake County judge denied their request to prevent N.C. State from selling the 79,000-acre forest that’s used for research and education.

The plaintiffs appealed the judge’s ruling to the Appeals Court.

N.C. State now plans to sell the forest to two buyers.

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