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

RDU Forest

Call to Action!  Help Umstead State Park from Bad Airport Ideas

The RDU Airport is proposing to allow a new quarry next to our Park (between Old Reedy Creek Road and Crabtree Creak), as well as build office buildings and parking lots on what is now Lake Crabtree County Park and along the boundary of William B. Umstead State Park.  A tragic loss of single-track bike and pedestrian trails!

WE are offering a superior community vision that will assist the airport with revenue streams and enhance this corridor with a “RDU Forested Trail Center.”  (and, YES, the FAA allows this use on airport property). And, yes, it would entail revenue streams for the airport via leases to brewery, bike rental, outdoor retail, conference/meeting space, hotel, parking, cafĂ©, perhaps zip line, and more!

Background and overview of concepts:

RDU Forest-May17 2017.pdf

More information and what you can do to help: 

http://www.rduforesttrailcenter.com/

 

Economics DO support the RDU Forest Trail Center Concept:

Rex Schaberg economic analysis of quarry vs Forest Trail Center, ppt 2016_9_29 2-up for public.pdf

Rex Schaberg letter to Landguth, RDU President 9-15-16.pdf

Public value to Forested Recreational areas:

Schabert et al., 1999. Ascribing value to ecological processes: an economic view of environmental change. Forest Ecology and Management. 114:329-338. (click here for pdf)

 More:  Federal Guidelines and Land Deeds/agreements for airport lands at Lake Crabtree County Park and along Old Reedy Creek Park Road: 

1st-Fed regs and legislature that forms RDU Airport Authorith from Packet from RDU Attorney 9-16-16 with ORC.pdf

2nd-Deeds from land sales along Old Reedy Creek Rd from Packet from RDU Attorney 9-16-16 ORC-2.pdf

3rd-Wake County Crabtree Lake and County Park agreements from Packet from RDU Attorney 9-16-16 with ORC-3.pdf

5190_6b_chap3.pdf

FAA EIS desk-ref.pdf 

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