The Umstead Coalition 

Celebrating Umstead State Park since 1934!

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Stop RDU Quarry

Protect Umstead State Park

RDU Airport Authority (RDUAA) is trying to move forward to destroy our forested public lands with a new quarry adjacent to William B. Umstead State Park and the East Coast Greenway. The 105 acre Oddfellows Tract, adjacent to Umstead State Park, was acquired for a runway that was never built. The property is heavily forested, supporting a variety of wildlife, with associated environmental benefits. 

The Conservation Fund has offered to buy the land from RDU to expand Umstead State Park with the intention to use the Oddfellows Tract and nearby portions of Umstead State Park for single-track bicycle/pedestrian trails. 

The RDU Airport Authority did not accept the offer from the Conservation Fund, and on March 1, 2019, executed an Option and Lease Agreement with Wake Stone for a proposed quarry. Wake Stone intends to file a mining permit application and we plan to ask for its denial.

Quick Facts

The Land Is not owned by rdu

RDU doesn't own the Oddfellows Tract, they manage it for the Cities of Raleigh & Durham and Wake & Durham Counties.

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.

400 foot Deep hole in the ground

When it's finished the quarry will be 400 feet deep, which is greater than a football stadium in length!

105 Acres Will Be Destroyed

The Oddfellows Tract has beautiful rock outcrops, abundant wildlife and is adjacent to Crabtree Creek & Umstead State Park.

Quick Actions You Can Take

1. Be informed

Watch the 400 Foot Down documentary to get caught up on what's at stake.

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2. Contact Public Officials

Local public officials have the power to stop the quarry and the fence.

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3. Contribute

We are working alongside residents, other non-profits and community groups to protect this land for all residents of the Triangle and for our future generations. Help support our legal fees for fighting Wake Stone Corporation & RDU by contributing to our GoFundMe fundraiser.

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4. Volunteer

Our volunteers help us in many ways from event planning to social media. It doesn't have to be a big time commitment, we welcome any and all help! If you're interested in volunteering, please email us at: info@umsteadcoalition.org

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5. Connect

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Our Goals

We will need your continued support in 2020 as we fight the quarry, and now, the RDU Fence. We remain steadfastly committed to our goals: 

  1. Protect Umstead State Park
  2. Save our public lands and prevent the first private quarry on public lands in NC
  3. Stop exploitation of our public lands
  4. Protect the trails at Lake Crabtree County Park (yes, the airport proposes to turn them into an office park)
  5. Expand legal biking and pedestrian trails in the Old Reedy Creek Corridor, including on airport property and Umstead State Park

The Lease

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 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 help stop RDU from destroying public lands for private gain. There are alternatives that both preserve the forest and provide income. Wake Stone's recent proposal is nothing more than a destruction of our Public Lands.  If you'd like to dig deeper,  here's a write-up we did on why we think a new quarry pit is the wrong choice for the future of the Triangle.

Preliminary Injunction

The Umstead Coalition, TORC and private citizens filed on March 12, 2019 a complaint and motion for temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injunction. Read the Press Release and the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Quarry activities.

Our Lawsuit 

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


The Umstead Coalition

We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.