I grew up here and have called the Tri-Cities home for almost 50 years. A lot has changed as our population has tripled and quadrupled over that time and much of the rural landscape and open spaces, where I rode my horse as a kid has been lost forever to development. As the ridgelines of our beautiful anticline hills give way to bulldozers and view-property housing developments, it becomes strikingly apparent that it is just as important to have plans for protection of our rural resources and native landscape as it is to have plans for urban development and the inevitable growth of this community.
I believe the key to preservation of open space is twofold: First, we must recognize and agree as a community that we have a landscape of unique character that has lasting value and is worthy of protection; and second, we must implement planning and begin to take sustainability of resources seriously. What legacy of this area will we leave to our children and their children? Hopefully something of lasting value.
-- CHRIS BARNES, Kennewick