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/ Stop RDU Quarry Update - November 8, 2019

On November 8, 2019 we received a ruling against us in Trial Court. Disappointing, but the fight is just beginning

We plan to file an Appeal to the Appellate court. Our legal case is strong and we are optimistic about winning. Keep your yard signs UP!

We disagree with this initial ruling and firmly believe the Raleigh Durham Airport Authority (RDUAA) exceeded its authority by not first obtaining the approval (or not) of the four local government deeded owners.  (The point of our lawsuit is about the authorities of the RDU Airport Authority).

The proposed quarry represents a real threat to the priceless asset we have in Umstead State Park. We will continue the legal fight on appeal.  On that regards, I am excited to report that we have an anonymous donor who will match up to $30,000 in donations towards our legal fund! 

Please donate your Tax Deductible Donations to help us make this match at:

More: Stop RDU Quarry

Cedar Ridge Trail is OPEN with now Rerouting

The Cedar Ridge multi-use trail at William B. Umstead State Park inow open again with upgrades and re-routing. The 1.4-mile gravel trail did not currently meet the standards of other multi-use trails in the park.

The repairs and re-route bring the trail up to current multi-use trail standards using sustainable trail construction standards including grade reversals, rolling dips, water turnouts to minimize erosion, and granite screenings to the top surface. Improved ditching will be added in some sections and bench cuts were used for sections that are re-routed. 

This project is made possible by a grant through the Umstead Coalition from the NC Recreation Trails Program with match assistance from The Umstead Coalition, volunteers, the Umstead 100, Carolina Godiva Tract Club, NC Road Runners Club, Great Outdoor Provision Company, and Park staff. 

More information:

Press Release:

Cedar Ridge reroute concept map.pdf

Trail Grade reversal technique.pdf



DEQ maintains oversight over protecting streams at RDU Airport!

August 8, 2019

RDUAA request to be exempted to some of the Neuse Buffer Rules FAILED.

Thanks to all the citizens and our local Senators and Representatives that stood up and said "no."

However, the definition of "Airport Facilities" was broadened which allows more options for streams to be destroyed "with mitigation."  That is never as good for the environment as keeping our healthy streams intact.  

We hope that RDUAA works with DEQ to ensure the policy of avoidance first, then minimization, and mitigation as the last option will be followed.  That is the best process to protect the water quality and quantify of Crabtree Creek and Umstead State Park.  All the airport lands drain directly into Umstead State Park, or via Crabtree Creek.



Infor on how to help:  
Stop RDU Quarry


2020 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Mark your calendars!

Umstead 4-mile race results

April 13, 2019 4-mile Race Results posted

Big thanks to Carolina Godiva Track Club who ran the race timing!!

And, TORC who guided the Tour De TORC bike rides!!


2019 Salamander, New T-shirt

This year's new T-shirt is spectacular!  Super soft, 100% cotton. This year's theme:Amphibians: Spotted Salamander and Eastern Newt in William B. Umstead State Park. 

You will LOVE the fabric. , 100 percent Airlume combed and ringspun cotton and very soft!

2019 T-shirt features the eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) on the front and spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).on the back

More information on salamanders:   from The North Carolina Herpetological Society

The short sleeve adult unisex and youth t-shirt are a Bella-Canvas 4.2oz, 100 percent Airlume combed and ringspun cotton; Color Soft Cream (youth color is heather stone). There is a long sleeve option (also 100% cotton), color ash.

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Solar Panels for the Umstead State Park Visitor Center (installed, connection to power pending)

Information and  GoFundMe at:

2020 Calendars!!

Available for just $10 at:

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



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


Umstead State Park Exchange of Land will improve US 70 entrance and enable additional lands for Umstead State Park

Press Release and Details:

News and Observer Article April 24, 2018:

The Umstead Coalition is in FULL support of the transfer of lands and funds to improve the entrance at US70, as well as securing funds for much needed Park lands that are contiguous to our Park. We requested Conditional Uses on the rezoning request that prohibit commercial heavy truck usage on the land across US70 (this request was only partially included). We have also requested vegetative buffers along US70 (this request was approved by Raleigh City Council). 

This is the perfect opportunity for Umstead and the RDU Airport to work together.  We can use these funds to help provide RDU with funds and purchase the critical Odd Fellows Tract from the RDU Airport.


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The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
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