Dear RDU Airport Authority (RDU AA),
CC: Michael Landguth, President
As employers and representative of businesses in the Triangle, we recognize that quality of life is a key factor in attracting and retaining skilled workers. The Triangle’s connected network of greenways, sidewalks, trails and bike lanes not only provide the obvious health benefits, but also provide recreational and transportation opportunities. However, the easy access to forested trails at what has become known as RDU Forest, is a key quality of life asset that sets this region apart and allows us to compete with comparable locations across the United States.
The unique topography and its proximity to Umstead State Park make RDU Forest a valuable natural resource t
hat cannot be replicated or replaced. The RDU Forest, consisting Lake Crabtree County Park (LCCP) and the lands adjacent to Umstead State Park, are currently owned by RDU Airport, and based on the Airport’s Vision 2040, are not needed for aviation purposes. While some lands in Vision 2040 will be developed to generate income, we urge the RDU Airport Authority to consider “The Solution” to protect those lands that have been identified as a priority for recreation by State Parks and to meet needs identified by the local and county governments. Investment in The Solution will supply a critical and growing demand for outdoor recreation in our growing region and thereby support the businesses here now and in the future.