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.

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Pop-up Native Plant Sale

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We're holding a pop-up plant sale on Sunday, October 9 from 2-4pm. We'll be selling locally-grown, native perennial flowers, shrubs and trees on Sunday, October 9 from 2-4pm. The plant list and pricing is available on our website: www.umsteadcoalition.org.

We have several very popular plants available including: dwarf azalea, spicebush, witch hazel, fringe tree, a few different types of mountain mints and asters, swamp milkweed (even some grown by Ranger Nick in Umstead State Park!), cardinal flower and more!

We'll also be selling Master Gardener Monthly Garden Guides and 2023 Umstead State Park calendars.

If you renew your Umstead Coalition membership or sign up to be a new member, you'll receive a $5 discount you can use at the plant sale.

Volunteers Needed
We're looking for up to 10 volunteers to help make this event run smoothly. If you're interested in helping out, sign up here.

We'll be set up at the grassy area on the right when you drive into the Reedy Creek entrance parking lot at Umstead State Park: 2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513.

100% of all proceeds go to support William B. Umstead State Park.
Thank you to Mellow Marsh Farm & Sorrell's Nursery for providing the locally-grown native plants!

Audience for RDU Quarry Court Hearing-Neuse Buffer destruction for bridge

The Umstead Coalition has appealed DEQ's approval for Wake Stone to destroy riparian Neuse River buffers along Crabtree Creek for their new bridge to access their proposed new quarry pit on the Odd Fellows Tract. We have our first court date on October 11 where DEQ has filed a motion to throw our case out. We expect the first part of the Hearing to be on their "Motion to Dismiss" and for our attorney's to content we have solid grounds to proceed to a contested Trial to allow our expert engineers to testify. Then, we hope to proceed to the contested trial.

Attendance in the audience is helpful to show public support for our cause. Ideally, we'd have 5 to 10 folks in the audience. Please come if you can attend. Arrive at 8:30am to show ID, sign-in and go through a security check to be ready for a 9am start. Sit in the section behind the Umstead Coalition attorneys. The trials might last through Tuesday, but even if you can show for the morning of October 11, that would be helpful.

More info: This is an Appeal we previously won (with a different judge) at OAH because alternatives to avoid and minimize impacts to the riparian buffers along Crabtree Creek with the proposed bridge connecting RDU Quarry and the existing Triangle Quarry on the other side were not pursued as the law requires. Wake Stone submitted a new Application with the SAME bridge location and design. DEQ again issued the Buffer Authorization (to destroy riparian buffers) and we appealed (again). October 11 Hearing will be an attempt for DEQ to contend we do not have a case and for The Umstead Coalition to contend we have solid ground for our Appeal and we request a full contested Trial so our Expert Engineering Experts can testify and we can fully present our case.

Audience for RDU Quarry Court Hearing-Intervening to Support Quarry Denial

### Intervention Case to Support the Denial of the Quarry Permit

### Friday, October 14, 9:30 - 11:30amWake County (old) Court House, Room 10C (10th Floor)

316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

This is a Hearing at the Wake County Superior Court for our request to Intervene to support the denial of the quarry permit. Wake Stone filed a request to delay this hearing (until after the denial contested case for which we are asking to Intervene takes place) — an obvious attempt to prevent our opportunity to Intervene (ridiculous!). Moreover, there has already been a substantial delay due to rescheduling by the court. Our attorneys filed a counter motion to proceed with the hearing on our request to Intervene.

This Hearing is scheduled for 2 hours. Attendance in the audience is helpful to show public support for our cause. Ideally, we'd have 5 to 10 folks in the audience. Please come if you can attend. Arrive at 9am to show ID, sign-in and go through a security check. Sit in the section behind our attorneys.

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.

Fall Hike & Cookout/Picnic

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Join us for a hike in Umstead State Park along the border of the existing Wake Stone Triangle Quarry. See the negative environmental impact of the current quarry on our state park and how this will be amplified with the proposed RDU Quarry. There's nothing like seeing firsthand why it's so important to protect Umstead State Park.

Optional hike, meet 10:30am at Shelter #1, Reedy Creek Section. This will be a moderately-paced hike along the border of Umstead State Park. We'll hike near Crabtree Creek and return via the Inspiration Trail. The hike will stay on State Park property and will last approximately 1.5 hours. Dr. Jean Spooner, Chair of the Umstead Coalition will lead the hike. We'll be off trail and in the forest - hiking boots are recommended.

Picnic Potluck & Cookout (starting noonish)
If you're not up for the hike, join us just for the cookout! Bring your own food or a side dish to share. Feel free to bring your own food for the grill. We will provide paper plates and utensils, water, lemonade, veggie burgers, and chips.

Holiday Gifts for Sale: Looking for holiday presents for nature lovers? We'll have Umstead State Park hoodies, t-shirts, hats and magnets, 2023 calendars and more.

Meet at Picnic Shelter #1, Reedy Creek Park entrance, large picnic shelter by Company Mill Trail, Umstead State Park

Parking: Reedy Creek entrance parking lot (access off Harrison Ave at I-40 Exit 287).

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Fall Native Plant Sale

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