What we’re about
The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area. We support Umstead State Park with service projects, park protection, preserving historic structures, providing hikes and events, environmental education, and protection of the park's natural resources. Learn more at umsteadcoalition.org.
The Umstead Coalition is a volunteer-led, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Sunset Clause - Motion Hearing, Wake County Superior Court316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC
The Sunset Clause to end the Triangle Quarry operations on Harrison Avenue by the Reedy Creek Park entrance by 2031— promised to Umstead State Park and the public and agreed to by Wake Stone Corporation in 1981 and subsequently in 8 Mining Permit Renewals and Modifications for 37 years — needs to be reinstated.
The next court action in the Umstead Coalition's fight to restore the Sunset Clause and reinstate the protective forested buffers is scheduled for the Monday, December 4, 9:30am. We now have two related cases that have evolved - the lawsuit we filed at Wake County Superior Court in July 2022 and our Appeal of the case failing to be heard at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). The latter is the Hearing on Monday December 4.
It is always good to have our supporters in the audience; it's likely to be a small court room so 5 to 10 attendees is ideal. Here's what to expect if you attend. Arrive at the courthouse by 9am, go through security and take the elevator to the 10th floor to room 10C. There are 32 other unrelated cases scheduled with ours on the morning and the judge is likely to first touch base about each case and then decide on the order and timing to be heard. We can just sit and watch the other cases if they come before ours. It's also possible our case will be pushed to the afternoon or another day, but we will learn when we will be heard pretty soon after the 9:30am start of court.
You may arrive or leave courtroom at any time, but if you need to do such, please do so quietly. We are not allowed to talk during the court.
A good option for parking is the Wake County Municipal Parking Deck 216 W. Cabarrus St., on the corners of Davie, McDowell and Cabarrus streets.
- Hike in Umstead State Park on the Yellow Dot Trail by the Odd Fellows Tract2232 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary, NC
Interested in learning more about the Odd Fellows Tract - the 105 acre site of the proposed RDU Quarry? Join us on this hike to learn about the history of the Odd Fellows Tract (and why it's called that), the current status of the #StopRDUQuarry fight and to see a stunning section of Umstead State Park.
We'll hike by Foxcroft Lake to Crabtree Creek and beautiful rock outcrops in Umstead State Park near the Company Mill Trail (seen in the photo above!). This will be a slow-paced hike - expect to stop often for discussions. Hiking boots are recommended since we'll be off trail and in the forest. Hiking poles may also be useful. This is an out and back hike and will stay on State Park property. This hike goes rain or shine. The total distance is approximately two miles.
The hike will be led by Dr. Jean Spooner, Chair of the Umstead Coalition.