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Stop RDU Quarry

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 Odd Fellows 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 Odd Fellows 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.

the Facts

The Land Is not owned by rdu

RDU doesn't own the Odd Fellows 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' 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 Odd Fellows 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.


2. Contact Public Officials

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

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.

GoFundMe Fundraiser: Help support our legal fees for fighting Wake Stone Corporation & RDU by contributing to our GoFundMe fundraiser. 


T-shirts: There are two designs to choose from for just $20 each.


Free Yard Signs: We have both “Stop RDU Quarry” and “Protect Umstead State Park” designs available. 


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


5. Connect

Change.org petition: Join over 22,000 other supporters and sign our Change.org petition.


Facebook: We have an engaged community on Facebook. 


6. Stay in the Know

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

Protect Umstead State Park

Save our public lands and prevent the first private quarry on public lands in NC

Stop exploitation of our public lands

Protect the trails at Lake Crabtree County Park (yes, the airport proposes to turn them into an office park)

Expand legal biking and pedestrian trails in the Old Reedy Creek Corridor, including on airport property and Umstead State Park


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The Umstead Coalition

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