Off Hwy. 70 in Raleigh, Umstead can be found, just hidden between the neighboring cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham
Set on about 6,000 acres, 600,000 people on average visit this park yearly, whether it be to camp, boat, ride horseback, or get away from the surrounding cities.
Continued Intro/Quick Facts
Umstead used to be used farmland, but the topsoil became unsuitable for farming and this park was erected on the land in 1937.
The Park in the 1950’s was split into two, one for Caucasians named Crabtree Creek Recreation, and the other for African Americans named Reedy Creek State Park
In 1956 the park was finally merged and dubbed William B. Umstead Park, after a former governor.
Keith, the ranger, says that he has seen multiple bears, coyotes, bobcats, & a variety of salamanders, yearly in the park
I noted the variety of trees in the forest including hardwood, pine, deciduous , and conifer
I also noted that there was little topsoil, because of the sub marginal farm land about 1 in. underneath the soil
I found Umstead to be vary diverse and complex even though being compl etely surrounded by the city
Interesting things observed/noted from interview
How Umstead Park relates to environmental biology= They increase the awareness and promote the conservation of the park and the environment
How do they do that?
Their #1 priority is educating the public, and they had over 300 programs to do so per year, with 10,000 actively participating
Kids are their single most priority in promoting conservation and they regularly go to elementary schools in the surrounding areas
They let volunteer groups help with trail projects, which ultimately help the park
According to the Park Ranger Keith…
The most important part of this ecosystem is the water quality, and although everything is interrelated, they monitor the water so closely because of the nearby airport and the nitrogen that seeps into their water
The negative impact associated with a city park is that there are no natural buffers because of residential and commercial development on both sides.
Keith Nealson, Park Ranger, William B. Umstead Park, Raleigh, NC