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

News

  • 09/12/2016 8:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Blue Ridge Road Design Charrette - bike, pedestrian and bridge improvements

    Two design charrettes are planned on September 12, 2016, at the PNC Area. Come to either the morning or afternoon session to participate in designing the project, including the bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as the Wade Avenue Bridge improvements.

    When: September 12, 2016
    Where: PNC Arena Club – East

    Please take the opportunity to attend one of two identical sessions:

    • Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12 noon
    • Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Cannot Attend These Session? Please mark your calendar for one of the Board and Commission Meetings in order to provide input on the ideas captured during the charrette. The project team will be in attendance to talk with the public about the ideas. There will be a brief presentation on the project during each of the three meetings.

    • Appearance Commission: Thursday, September 15, at 4:30 p.m.
    • Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board: Thursday, September 15, at 6 p.m.
    • Bicycle & Pedestrians Advisory Commission: Monday, September 19, at 6 p.m.

    All three presentations will be at the City Council Chambers of the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

     

  • 08/27/2016 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UNC-TV Special- Saving the Best:  North Carolina State Parks at 100 aired as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of NC State Parks and is a tribute to the men and women who work and volunteer in our parks, as well as the 15 million visitors who use our parks each year. Watch carefully and you will see a LOT of Umstead State Park footage!  You can now stream the show on-line:  http://video.unctv.org/video/2365652565

  • 06/20/2016 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2016 Calendars

    Available at:
    Visitor Center, William B. Umstead State Park (now $5)
    Quail Ridge Book store

    Capture the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park 

    2016 Photo Calendar - cover

     

    The calendar includes Park hours for each month, when the family campground is open, when the boat house on Big Lake is open, phases of the moon, major holidays, and more. 

    Congratulations to all the photo contest winners!

    Winning photos are on exhibit at the Park's Visitor Center's auditorium.  You can also see the on our website at: 2015 Photo Contest winners 

    Sales of the calendar support William B. Umstead State Park!  


  • 03/09/2016 11:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NC Bond Proposal Has $1.725 Million for Umstead State Park !!

    The Bond passed by overwhelming majority of voters in March 2016 elections.

    Thanks for everyone's support in contacting your legislatures -- because of YOU and the help of Friends of State Parks the Senators went from $0 to $75 Million for NC State Parks in this bond and the House passed the revised version.  All NC State Parks have projects, but the funding level was decreased from the requested total of $100 million.

    The ratified bill:

    http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H943v7.pdf

    In addition, the passed budget funded the Parks and Recreational Trust Fund.  No Park staff positions were lost (as was in some earlier budget versions). The legislature also include a provision that prevents NC State Parks from charging parking or entrance fees!

    The budget also allows for 'dynamic pricing' meaning that the NC Division of Parks and Recreation (NC State Parks) has the ability to use market pricing strategies (e.g., charge less in non-peak times for a campsite or more for a lakefront campsite as compared to a third row).

    The bill that proposed to transfer land from Umstead State Park to the RDU airport (for development) failed -- again, thanks for everyone's help getting that terrible idea defeated!!

    Please join The Umstead Coalition and Friends of State Parks in thanking our NC Representatives and Senators for their vision to help NC State Parks!

  • 09/21/2015 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    State Parks is now in the new Department of Natural and Cultural Resources! Please see the email below from our new Secretary Susan Kluttz on September 18.


    Welcome to the new N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources! With this name change, four divisions - the N.C. Zoological Park, the N.C. Aquariums, N.C. the N.C. State Parks, the N.C. Museums of Natural Sciences, along with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program - create the Nature component to join with Arts, History and Library into one great agency. Together, we will continue to promote all of the state-owned treasures that make North Carolina such an amazing place. We truly value all of these rich assets and their contribution to our State's quality of life, and we are committed to making sure they are protected and supported. I am thrilled that you will be joining our team. We look forward to incorporating your efforts toward conservation of N.C.'s natural heritage to our current focus on preserving, protecting and promoting the state's cultural resources. In addition, it's clear we already share an incredible mission in education. Most importantly, you will be joining a team of professional, passionate and innovative people - just like you - who are looking forward to learning from you and growing with you. I am confident that, together, we will become even stronger as we collaborate on our joint vision to being leaders in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. We are excited to be working with you. I recognize that with such a change, you may have questions. Many of your divisions' leaders have been working with us for the past few months to prepare for this transition. Please check our list of Frequently Asked Questions at http://portal.ncdenr.org/group/denr <http://portal.ncdenr.org/group/denr> or send your specific questions to transferinfo@ncdcr.gov <mailto:transferinfo@ncdcr.gov> and we will try to get an answer to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work through other details together. It is our goal to minimize any disruptions for you and of the effective services you provide while we simultaneously try to effectively build our expanded department. I am also available to you, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. 

    With warm regards, Susan Susan W. Kluttz, Secretary 

    North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

    919-807-7250 office 919-733-1564 fax susan.kluttz@ncdcr.gov <mailto:susan.kluttz@ncdcr.gov> 

    109 East Jones Street 4601 Mail Service Center Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4601


  • 06/22/2015 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NC Senate Bill 486 Propose to Swap Lands between Umstead State Park and RDU Airport, May 20 2015
     
    Fortunately, this bill is 'on-hold' (and we hope 'dead') in the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.  Senator John Alexander has reached out to The Umstead Coalition to let us know that IF the bill goes forward, he would bring the various parties together to work out a solution that would help all parties.

     
    Senate Bill 486, Version 5-20-15: s486v2 transfer of Park land proposed May 20, 2015.pdf    
     
    Key issues include:
    • Taking of State Park land that is not consistent with the Park Master Plan, nor any public input planning process
    • Not including the single-track trails of Rocky Road and 286 area
    • RDU would be able to develop as close as 20 feet from Reedy Creek Trail along the trail section from the Airport overlook to almost Park gate on Old Reedy Creed Road
    • Conversion of existing State Park land to other uses without Master Planning and public input
    • Loss of our forested land on north side of Glenwood Ave
    • Creation of another Trust Fund that will add increased fees at 39 State Parks that will benefit the other 1 State Park
    • Proposed reliance on Park admission fees to fund this new Trust Fund (and those fees won't even be used in the State Parks for which they would be collected!)
    • Excluding trails from environmental regulations related to trail construction, maintenance and removal

    To find your House or Senate member, you can do so at the link below:

    http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

    Senate Bill 486 sponsors from Wake County:

     

  • 03/05/2015 1:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Honorable Governor Pat McCrory was at the William B. Umstead State Park Visitor Center to commemorate the 100th anniversary of NC State Parks on March 3, 2015.

    More: http://umsteadcoalition.org/Centennial-Proclamation

  • 03/05/2015 12:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Jean Spooner was presented with the "Locke Craig Award" by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation on March 3, 2015 for her dedication and service to William B. Umstead State Park.  She accepted with a message of gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who have supported William B. Umstead State Park.

    Dr. Spooner accepting Locke Craig Award

     

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   
e-mail  info{@}umsteadcoalition.org       facebook.com/umsteadcoalition      
meetup.com/umsteadcoalition
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software