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

STOP RDU Quarry !!

RDU Airport Authority is trying to move forward to destroy our forested PUBLIC lands with a NEW quarry adjacent to William B. Umstead State Park! 

More: Stop RDU Quarry Check out the lawsuit in a nutshell, how RDU AA overstepped their authority, and why the local government owners must assert their rights.

Charles Francis, running for Raleigh Mayor, announced his position opposing the RDU Quarry at the Rialto Theatre on August 25. Standing with him (left to right): Raleigh City Council Candidates David Cox, Stef Mendel, Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson, and Sam Hershey.

Quick Actions YOU can do to help:

Please help STOP RDU from destroying public lands for private gain. There are alternatives that both preserve the forest and provide income. #RDUForest Please do any and all the following at you can DO.  ASAP!

1. Email your elected officials from the local governments that own our airport. THEY CAN HELP, and they have the POWER to do such. VERY IMPORTANT they hear from their constituents about the TOTAL opposition to this quarry and urge them to do their duty to STOP!!!

2. Tell The Honorable Governor Roy Cooper you are opposed to a quarry on OUR public lands next to Umstead State Park!

3. Call Congressman David Price at 202-225-1784 and tell him: You are OPPOSED to a rock quarry on PUBLIC lands next to Umstead State Park. You can also leave a message at:

4. Write N&O Letter to Editor:

5. Request a "Stop RDU Quarry" "Protect Umstead State Park" Yard Sign(s). Click here to fill out request form

6. Petition (join 19,659 as of Sept 4, 2019 others):

 Sign the Petition

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More information:

RDU Forest channel  (remember to like/subscribed - that helps speard the word)

Check out the lawsuit in a nutshell, how RDU AA overstepped their authority, and why the local government owners must assert their rights.

Protect Umstead State Park/ Stop RDU Quarry Update - September 19, 2019

Thanks to the folks who joined us in court today to protect Umstead State Park and stop the proposed RDU Quarry!

There are two parts of any court case:  legal standing and merit. The judge acknowledged that we do have legal standing, which means that we have the legal right to sue because the Plaintiffs (that’s us) would be harmed by the proposed quarry.

We have a strong case on merit and expect a ruling on the merits within the next 30 days. The judge also extended the TRO until at least his ruling. 

We are also grateful to the Raleigh City Council for issuing a statement stating their opposition to the proposed RDU quarry. They also said the RDUAA should have obtained the City’s permission before entering into the quarry lease. Their statement issued Tuesday September 17 is attached. Raleigh City Coucil Statement September 17, 2019 (read after closed session).jpg

In other awesome news, NC Senator Wiley Nickel made a big announcement September 19, 2019, on his Facebook page:

“We need to protect the Umstead State Park and stop the RDU Quarry.

I have no control over the Raleigh City Council and the decisions they make. However, as a State Senator I do have influence over the response from the State of North Carolina.

In the event that the lawsuit goes as expected my office has lined up multiple sources of revenue for RDU and will present the airport with a Plan B for their consideration. My plan would allow RDU to get paid the same amount of money they would have received under the Wake Stone lease as long as they keep this land intact and dedicated to nature. This beautiful land should be preserved for ALL Wake county residents, our children, their children and so on.

I want to leave our kids a legacy that includes more park land and open space, not a 400 foot hole in the ground.”

Original announcement here on Facebook

The momentum continues to build against the proposed quarry because of all your support and outreach to our elected officials.  Keep up this great effort! 

Press Release, March 18, 2019

The Umstead Coalition, TORC and private citizens file on March 12, 2019 a Complaint and motion for temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injunction.  Press Release - Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Quarry activities - RDU March 12, 2019.pdf

Do not be discouraged.  We ARE making our Public Voice be heard.  We will continue for the right of citizens and the local government owners of the RDU Airport to have their voices heard - as is the right per Federal Regulations and NC State Law.

Read the unbelievably bad deal to cannibalize our pubic lands that RDUAA

signed March 1, 2019:  lease

Other good stuff:

Help PREVENT the destruction of our public lands.  STOP THE RDU QUARRY!

RDU’s Airport Authority is quickly moving forward with plans to allow Wake Stone to expand their quarry onto public lands.  The 105 acre Oddfellows Tract, adjacent to Wm. B. Umstead State Park, was acquired for a runway but never built.  The property is heavily forested, supporting a variety of wildlife, with associated environmental benefits.

Long term leasing of the Oddfellows Tract for a quarry serves no aviation purpose and allows a private company to deplete public land of its mineral resource and value, leaving the next generation of Triangle residents to deal with a massive hole and associated liabilities.

The Conservation Fund offered to purchase the Oddfellows Tract for market value and combine it with Wm. B. Umstead State Park.  If RDU’s decision is simply financial, the Wake Stone and Conservation Fund proposals are practically equal, and in the context of RDU's Vision 2040 Plan might only be a rounding error.

Our four local governments, Wake and Durham Counties, and the Cities of Raleigh and Durham, authorized the Odd Fellows Tract purchase grant for an aviation use and have an obligation to consider the issue, incorporating broader public participation in deciding the the value of conserving our area’s natural public lands.

PLEASE contact your local officials ASAP to tell them NO to a new quarry on RDU property!

Wake Stone's recent proposal is nothing more than a destruction of our Public Lands. Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) wrote an article Nov 26 2018 describing Wake Stone Corporation's proposal for a new quarry pit.  Wake Stone calls it a "Compromise."  We do NOT see any such thing!  While we appreciate TBJ covering this important issue, the poll paints an overly optimistic picture of the "compromise," and doesn't clearly articulate the downsides, nor the alternative of preserving the land.  Wake Stone Corporation graphics depict a fantasy of what it "might" look like in 35 years. By our our expert evaluation, these are unrealistic. 

And if you'd like to dig deeper,  here's a writeup we did on why we think a new quarry pit is the wrong choice for the future of the Triangle.


    Background and Overview of Concepts:

    Counterpoints to Wake Stone Corporation's request to put a new rock quarry on the Odd Fellows Track:

    Quarry Counterpoints by TORC and Umstead Coalition November 13 2018.pdf

    Natalie Lew makes a great point: RDU’s Vision 2040 Should Compliment Wake County’s Destination 2028 Plan_2018 11 29, by Natalie Lew.pdf

    Wake County's Destination Plan:

    Our Solution: 

    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 Supporter logos.jpg

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

    RDU Forest-May17 2017.pdf

    October 2, 2017 Resolution to Preserve the Odd Fellow Tract, Wake County Commissioners

    UNC School of Government - DFI Feasibility Analysis (requested and funded by the Wake County Commissioners): DFI REPORT Feasibility Analysis 2017-09-27.pdf

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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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