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


RDU is trying to be exempt from protecting streams!

July 10, 2019 Update:  Senator John Alexander placed an alternative amendment to H206 that passed the Senate.  His amendment retained DEQ oversight, but streamlined Neuse Buffer Rule compliance for RDU.  We thank Senator John Alexander for working with DEQ on his amendment.

The House voted unanimously to reject these changes that the Senate had made to their H206.

H206 now goes to Conference Committee. House Conference Committee named (none from Wake County); Senate Conference Committee not yet named. 


RDU Airport is asking to be exempted from Neuse River Riparian Buffer Rules, which were established to protect our sensitive waterways, already stressed from development and urban runoff.  Please HELP prevent this attack on our environment and Umstead State Park.

This terrible precedent setting provision was just approved in the NC Senate Transportation Committee as an amendment to HB 206.  Wake County Senator John Alexander opposes it and DEQ spoke in opposition, but it was pushed through committee despite their objections.

RDU proposed language would allow RDU to be completely EXEMPT from the Neuse Riparian Buffer Rules!!!  Almost ALL of RDU airport lands drain INTO William. B. Umstead State Park, so our Park will bear the brunt of the environmental degradation, along with our downstream communities.

How to help:

  • Contact your NC State Senator and ALL NC State Senators.  Ask them to OPPOSE this exemption of the Neuse Riparian Buffer Rules for the RDU airport and other airports. Urge them to DELETE the newly added Sections to H206 that would “Exempt Airport Facilities from Certain Buffer Requirements” (Section 3(a), 3(b), 3(c), 3(d), and 3(e)). 
  • Find your Senator by County:
  • Please thank Senator Alexander for his opposition to these exemptions.
  • More:

RDU Airport is owned by four municipalities:  City of Raleigh, City of Durham, County of Wake, and County of Durham.  This proposed legislation directly affects their property, and sensitive waterways.  There’s no indication they’ve been asked if they concur with this huge impact on their property or the damage to their water resources.

As currently codified by NC Statute all governmental entities such as RDU Airport Authority are subject to the same laws and regulations as counties and municipalities.  If this legislation is passed, it will erase decades of environmental accomplishments within the Neuse River Basin and encourage others to seek similar action detrimental to the natural resources of downstream neighbors.


Cedar Ridge Trail is Closed for Rerouting

The Cedar Ridge multi-use trail at William B. Umstead State Park is closed beginning Wednesday, June 19 for upgrades and re-routing. The 1.4-mile gravel trail does not currently meet the standards of other multi-use trails in the park.

The repairs and re-route will 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 will be used for sections that are re-routed. The project is expected to take 60 days. 

For safety reasons, no persons will be permitted to use the Cedar Ridge trail during construction. Visitors should be aware of large trucks and heavy construction equipment accessing Cedar Ridge Trail via the Multi-Use Trail during the construction period.

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


Plan Wake info and survey link

How will we plan for the next 250,000 residents of Wake County?  You can be a part of this discussion by sharing your thoughts on the priority issues that Wake County should focus on to prepare for the next generation.

Wake County is kicking off the process to develop its first-ever county-wide comprehensive plan and we need your input to make the project a success. Provide your priorities for the future of Wake County on the project website, This public-driven process will include three rounds of public engagement and targets revealing the new plan in 2020. The first round, Community Priorities, will last through the fall of 2018.

Learn more about PlanWake on the project website,, which provides numerous ways of keeping up with the project, including a link to the first of three online public surveys and an events calendar with information about where and when the planning team will provide face-to-face public outreach. You can also sign up for emails to stay up-to-date on the project.



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!!


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."

07/22/2019 4:00 PM • Embassy Suites, 8001 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, 27617
07/27/2019 3:00 PM • Picnic Shelter #1, Reedy Creek Park entrance, Umstead State Park, 2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
07/27/2019 6:00 PM • JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
09/11/2019 9:00 AM • Umstead State Park (exact meeting place TBD)

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Umstead Coalition Blog:

Umstead Inspirations

Blog-Umstead Inspirations


Help Fund Solar Panels for the Umstead State Park Visitor Center

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.


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.
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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