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

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  • 06/22/2015 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NC Senate Bill 486 Propose to Swap Lands between Umstead State Park and RDU Airport, May 20 2015
     
    Fortunately, this bill is 'on-hold' (and we hope 'dead') in the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.  Senator John Alexander has reached out to The Umstead Coalition to let us know that IF the bill goes forward, he would bring the various parties together to work out a solution that would help all parties.

     
    Senate Bill 486, Version 5-20-15: s486v2 transfer of Park land proposed May 20, 2015.pdf    
     
    Key issues include:
    • Taking of State Park land that is not consistent with the Park Master Plan, nor any public input planning process
    • Not including the single-track trails of Rocky Road and 286 area
    • RDU would be able to develop as close as 20 feet from Reedy Creek Trail along the trail section from the Airport overlook to almost Park gate on Old Reedy Creed Road
    • Conversion of existing State Park land to other uses without Master Planning and public input
    • Loss of our forested land on north side of Glenwood Ave
    • Creation of another Trust Fund that will add increased fees at 39 State Parks that will benefit the other 1 State Park
    • Proposed reliance on Park admission fees to fund this new Trust Fund (and those fees won't even be used in the State Parks for which they would be collected!)
    • Excluding trails from environmental regulations related to trail construction, maintenance and removal

    To find your House or Senate member, you can do so at the link below:

    http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

    Senate Bill 486 sponsors from Wake County:

     

  • 03/05/2015 1:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Honorable Governor Pat McCrory was at the William B. Umstead State Park Visitor Center to commemorate the 100th anniversary of NC State Parks on March 3, 2015.

    More: http://umsteadcoalition.org/Centennial-Proclamation

  • 03/05/2015 12:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Jean Spooner was presented with the "Locke Craig Award" by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation on March 3, 2015 for her dedication and service to William B. Umstead State Park.  She accepted with a message of gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who have supported William B. Umstead State Park.

    Dr. Spooner accepting Locke Craig Award

     

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