The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area


Protect Umstead State Park from a new Quarry - Save the Trails!!

Continue to reach out to your elected officials and RDU Airport Board members.

We are pleased to report that the RDU-Airport Authority (RDU-AA) is pursuing a lease with Wake County for bike/ped trails in 2 parcels known as "286 East).  This was announced at their October 19th meeting. 

Thanks for all those who attend this Saturday's Nov 4, 10am "Celebrating a Step Forward" on Old Reedy Creek Road.  Big thanks to Wake County Commissioners who are moving forward to lease "286 East" to expand Lake Crabtree County Park!

However, the quarry still looms on the draft Airport Layout Plan (ALP) submitted to the FAA for the Odd Fellows Tract.  Here is what YOU can do to help:


Action 1: Sign on-line petition in support of RDU Forest:  RDU Forest Petition

Action 2:
Email/call and let the RDU President/CEO and Board members you want the Odd Fellows Tract protected.   Recreation is GOOD.  Quarry is BAD:

Michael Landguth, President/CEO  919-840-7700

Farad Ali <>

Larry Zucchino <>

John Kane <>

Sepi Saidi <>

Rob Teer <>


Big THANKS to the many good folks who attended the special The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority (RDU-AA) Board where we heard the visionary proposals for the RDU Forest from Wake County and The Conservation Fund. We also heard the short-sighted quarry proposal that would destroy our public lands with very weak arguments about the future 'life' (e.g., liability) of such a blemish on our landscape.

We had good Press today.  The large public turnout was extremely important -- continues to send a loud message from the public -- great job!!

While the RDU-AA attorney tried to relay the problems with selling the Odd Fellows tract to The Conservation Fund (because somehow that would cause an 'encroachment on the airport')  I think we heard several ways in which a land sale IS allowed.

For more information: we sent the following to the RDU-AA October 11, 2017:

Cover Letter to Chairman Farad Ali stating our continue desire for a collaborative solution that would benefit both RDU and the forested trails/greenway assets, plus some insights regarding FAA regulations:

RDU Forest Opportunity Letter to Farad Ali, RDU-AA 10-11-17.pdf

Odd Fellows Tract - Sale for Conservation, Attachment 1 19-11-17.pdf

FAA letter to William Doucette September 11 2017.pdf


We are extremely pleased to report that the Wake County Commissioners unanimously passed:

A Resolution supporting The Conservation Fund offer to purchase the Odd Fellows tract and to move forward on Wake County's interest in leasing the 2 adjacent tracts along Old Reedy Creek Road from the RDU Airport.


RDU Airport – PLEASE help STOP A QUARRY and help us move our solution forward

First, a huge thank you to all the supporters and advocates who are helping to save the recreational trails next to Umstead State Park, the trails on the land off of Old Reedy Creek Road and and the trails on Lake Crabtree County Park.  You may have heard that the RDU Airport Authority STAFF (but NOT the Board members) recently declined to accept The Conservation Fund offer to purchase the Odd Fellows tract (“Rocky Road”) for Umstead State Park, the tract that has been proposed for a controversial rock quarry!!  But, we still have a good chance! The RDU Airport Authority staff have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease 3 parcels of land, including the Odd Fellows Tract.

We support Wake County’s efforts to submit a proposal to lease lands for forested trails. The RFP timeframe is very short, however, and community input will reinforce efforts to secure ALL three lands for trails!

Here are more details on the Solution we are advocating: The Solution.pdf

YOU HELP IS NEEDED NOW to communicate the value of preserving these tracts for recreation and natural resource protection. Please write your local representatives (city, county, state) and and ask them to pass a resolution supporting following:

  • The RDU Airport Authority should accept The Conservation Fund offer to purchase the Odd Fellows tract (RFP Parcel 1, Solution Tract B).  The offer is Fair Market value and the FAA has confirmed in writing that the airport CAN sell this land for a park.
  • The RDU Airport Authority should accept an offer by Wake County to lease lands for recreational trail use (RFP Parcel 1&2; Solution Tract B) .
  • The community strongly OPPOSES a new industrial quarry on the Odd Fellows tract.  This quarry would destroy amazingly stunning and environmentally sensitive lands lands adjacent to Umstead State Park and Crabtree Creek


How to find your NC legislators:


The RDU-Airport Authority STAFF has rejected the Conservation Fund offer (not the Board members).  And the STAFF have issued an RFP that appears to be geared for a  controversial new QUARRY pit !!  They made this decision behind closed doors with no public meeting or input.

RDU announcement:

RFP just release by the RDU Airport:

The Conservation Fund made an offer to Buy Land from RDU Airport for Umstead State Park!

An exciting, vibrant future has been proposed for a tract of non-aviation land currently owned by RDU airport. The Conservation Fund submitted a fair market offer of nearly $6.5 million to the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to purchase a 105.46 acre parcel, known locally as the “Oddfellows” tract. The parcel of land sits between Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park and William B. Umstead State Park, and encompasses many miles of hiking and biking trails that are beloved by the community. The land would be preserved as an expansion of Umstead State Park, extending recreational trails and protecting a critical nexus of greenway connectivity in the Triangle Region.

The proposed purchase is a welcome alternative to a plan under consideration by RDU to lease the land for the construction of a new quarry. Construction of a new quarry would destroy the land and trails forever, while providing RDU only a modest short-term profit. The quarry plan has fervent community opposition, with close to 7,500 supporters signing a petition that opposes a new quarry and urges RDU to preserve the land as a forested recreational space.

 The Conservation Fund’s proposal to purchase the land for Umstead State Park is an opportunity for RDU to collaborate with the community to protect valued recreational land, while realizing revenue from land that is not needed for aviation use. The Conservation Fund and its partners are prepared to raise public and private funds to finance the purchase, and the Fund proposes to close the purchase on August 31, 2018. 

The offer letter: TCF_RDU_Offer_7-10-17.pdf

Please ask the RDU Airport to accept this offer:

Write N&O Letter to Editor:


Upcoming Events 

Upcoming events and Service Projects, Click on Event listed below for information. To register, scroll to bottom of any event information page and click on "Register."

2018 Calendars!!

Available at:

  • Park Visitor Center
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company (Cameron Village)


BIG THANKS to ALL!  Bikeway along I-40 moves forward!

The Triangle Bikeway along I-40 moved forward with unanimous support at September 21 CAMPO meeting.   This bikeway along I-40 will connect the Trenton Road Greenway to RDU Forest and Davis Drive (RTP- Triangle Park Center).

We were explicitly congratulated for the tremendous number of comments and support -- big thanks to all who wrote comments!

The Triangle Bikeway got a high ranking (4th out of 43) for the bike/ped greenways that CAMPO recommends for funding.  Next step: it will be ranked by NCDOT with all the other regional and state projects.  

Thanks to Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson for adding the "Triangle Bikeway" along I-40  to a list of projects being evaluated for funding under CAMPO's request to NCDOT (known as SPOT 5). Note: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the regional transportation organization serving Wake, Frankly, Granville, Harnett, and Johnston Counties. 

The Triangle Bikeway would would connect the Trenton Road greenway to RTP.  This missing link would enable bike/ped connections from downtown Raleigh to RDU and RTP.  It will enable connections to many of the area's major greenways, including: Black Creek, Reedy Creek, House Creek, Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, American Tobacco Trail, Crabtree Creek, and the Neuse Greenways.  In addition to the regional/national East Coast Greenway and NC 2 (Mountains to Sea) and US 1 (Carolina Connection) bike routes.

AND, the Triangle Bikeway would serve as a vital connection to the RDU Forest trail system at Lake Crabtree County Park, RDU Airport, and Umstead State Park via the Old Reedy Creek Road Corridor.


(above, graphic on t-shirt front and back)

T-shirts now available at Park Visitor Center!

2017 T-shirt features the stunning Monarch Butterfly graphic by Kristen Hall.  The t-shirt is an Anvil 4.5oz soft cotton in color "Caribbean Blue."  There is a long sleeve option in Gildan color Sapphire, 6oz cotton.


Thanks to all for helping make this year's Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead a success!

2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mark Your calendars:  (registration will open in January)

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

SPECIAL FREE GIFT: The 1st 75 to advance register will receive FREE gift from Great Outdoor Provision Co . 

4-mile race results for the 2017, 2016 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Run/Walk are posted (click below):

Umstead 4-mile race results



RDU Forest Notes:

Triangle Business Poll Favors Park over Quarry

After the RDU AA meeting today (12/Oct/17) about the land lease proposals on RDU Forest, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) stated a poll with a simple question, use the land for a quarry or park expansion. Results were overwhelming FOR park expansion:

2,870 voted:  97% wanted Park expansion; 3% quarry
The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
The Umstead Coalition, PO Box 10654, Raleigh, NC  27605 (919) 852-2268   
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