The Odd Fellows Tract is 105 acres of forested land adjacent to Umstead State Park and the East Coast Greenway. RDU acquired the land in 1976 by a forced sale for a runway that was never built.
In March 2019, the national nonprofit, The Conservation Fund, offered to buy the Odd Fellows Tract from RDU to expand Umstead State Park and build single-track bicycle/pedestrian trails.
The RDU Airport Authority (RDUAA) did not accept the offer from the Conservation Fund and executed an Option and Lease Agreement with Wake Stone for a proposed quarry.
Wake Stone intends to file a mining permit application in the Spring 2020 and we plan to ask for its denial. Our fight is just beginning.
The Land Is not owned by rdu
RDU doesn't own the land, they manage it for the Cities of Raleigh & Durham and Wake & Durham Counties.
Rdu can sell the land
RDUAA can sell the land to Umstead State Park. The FAA allows the sale of land for non-aeronautical purposes.
It's a new mine, not an expansion
We can stop this mine by reinstating the 50-year Sunset Clause on the current Wake Stone mine.
private quarry on public land
This will set a new precedent for NC and be the first private quarry on public land in the state.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. Be informed
Watch the 400 Foot Down documentary to get caught up on what's at stake.
2. Contact Public Officials
Local public officials have the power to stop the quarry and the fence. We have provided some sample emails/letters here. You can email or mail your letters to the elected officials asking for the 50-year Sunset Clause to be reinstated and to deny the new mining permit for the Odd Fellows Tract.
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The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority (RDUAA) signed a “mineral lease” to Wake Stone Corporation, a private rock quarry company, on March 1, 2019 with 48 hour public notice.
The contract to sell mineral property would allow Wake Stone to create a new rock quarry pit within a 105 acre tract adjacent to William B. Umstead State Park and Old Reedy Creek Road. The tract is referred to as the “Odd Fellows Tract.”
Four local governments own the Odd Fellows Tract
The Odd Fellows Tract is publicly-owned and deeded to the Cities of Raleigh and Durham and the Counties of Wake and Durham. The NC legislation that establishes the RDUAA identifies the “owning municipalities” of the RDU Airport to be the Cities of Raleigh and Durham and the Counties of Wake and Durham. This would create a new 400 plus foot deep quarry pit on the west side of Crabtree Creek.
It's a sale, not a lease
The RDU “mineral lease” is a lease in name only. It is a contract with the sole purpose of allowing Wake Stone Corporation, a private business, to remove and sell public property (soil, rock) on the open market. The mineral rights would be conveyed from the public owners of the land to a private rock quarry company to sell. Permanent removal of the forest, top soil, and rock would occur — truck load by truck load. It is estimated the quarry operations would generate 500 truckloads a day!
It is not comparable to a land lease for a hotel or gas station as neither sell government property as a business model. In a normal land lease, the property is returned to the Landlord at the end of the term and can be used for another purpose. In this case, the only thing which will be returned is a liability, a large pit with net negative value. It will not be able to be reused. This pit will be very dangerous with steep slopes, and will require a fence to keep everyone out.
Wake Stone has not submitted a Mining Permit Application for the Odd Fellows Tract yet. We anticipate they will submit it in the Spring of 2020. Once they file their application, we will request a public hearing. Read more about the permit here.
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