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

Public Workshop Set For ParkRDU Economy 3 Expansion Environmental Assessment

When:  October 12, 2018 PUBLIC comments on this initial EA phase due.

Information presented at Public Workshop on September 27:

What:  The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority is expanding ParkRDU Economy 3 Lot Expansion on National Guard Drive near the interchange of I-40 and Aviation Parkway, south of Terminal 1. The RDU Airport is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA).  

Public input at this stage should be used to influence decisions about WHERE and HOW the parking lot are located/constructed.  

YOUR COMMENTS will make a difference!!

Public Comments can be entered at:

This area is extremely close to William B. Umstead State Park and our proposed forested trail system.

There were no specific plans presents, so NOW is a great time to ask for:

  1. Parking lots be sited to work with the steep and environmentally topography and to minimize imparct on Hally's branch and other waterways
  2. Parking lot be built with Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to minimize storm water impacts to Umstead State Park
  3. Maintaining substantial FORESTED buffers between parking lot and Umstead State Park
  4. Parking is available for the RDU Forest trails (recall that Wake County is currently under negotiations to put official single-track bike/ped trails adjacent to this proposed parking lot expansion, e.g., “286 trails.” (see our next article for links to concepts we are proposing for the RDU Forest)

Graphic showing parking Economy Lot 3 expansion and location: 



Infor on how to help:  
Stop RDU Quarry


Support for RDU Forest and Trail Center

We'd like to share our RDU Forest Trail Center Concept maps recommendations to provide a great Tourist Destination and a community asset. 

Concept maps: Concept Maps_RDU Forest 8-9-17.pdf

Concept portfolio document, highlighting case for the RDU Forest Trial Center: RDU Forest Enhancement Concepts.pdf

Logos of support organizations (PLEASE help us ADD to these!): RDU Forest support Logos June 2018.pdf

Powerpoint highlighting case for the RDU Forest Trail Center: Sierra Club-Capital Group July 19 2018 ppt 3.pdf

More Information and what you can do to help at: RDU Forest 


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 have requested Conditional Uses on the rezoning request that prohibit commercial heavy truck usage on the land across US70. We have also requested vegetative buffers along US70. 

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 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mark your calendars!

4-Mile Race Results are posted:

Umstead 4-mile race results

This years T-shirt is spectacular!  Super soft, quick dry material. This year's theme: Mushrooms in William B. Umstead State Park. If you missed the event, they will be on sale at the Visitor Center in a few days.


You will LOVE the fabric.  50% cotton, 50% polyester, and very soft!

2018 T-shirt features the photos of mushroom taken by Geoff Balme within 300 feet of the Park Visitor Center!  The short sleeve adult unisex and youth t-shirt are a Bella-Canvas 4.2oz, 52 percent combed ringspun cotton; 48% polyester.  Color Heather Forest.  There is a long sleeve option in Gildan Dry Blend 50% cotton/50% polyester, color Forest Green. 


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."

10/30/2018 7:30 PM • Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC
11/03/2018 10:00 AM • William B. Umstead State Park
11/10/2018 10:00 AM • William B. Umstead State Park
11/10/2018 2:00 PM • Visitor Center, William B. Umstead State Park
12/08/2018 9:00 AM • Loblolly Trail Head off of Edwards Mill Road near Arena, Raleigh


Please support this critically important public funding for our parks, nature preserves, greenways and protected natural and rural land. See

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.


NEW !!

Umstead Coalition Blog:

Umstead Inspirations

Blog-Umstead Inspirations

Authored by: Arianne Hemlein


Help Fund Solar Panels for the Umstead State Park Visitor Center

Information and  GoFundMe at:

2019 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
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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