The Hanford area is unique in being a large tract of shrub steppe habitat that has seen a minimum of disturbance for decades. The Hanford area provides uninterrupted swaths of sage that are required by many wildlife species to thrive such as sagebrush sparrow, sage grouse, ferruginous hawk, black-tailed jackrabbits and burrowing owl.
By limiting access to these areas through marked trails and parking areas, we can maintain its character. However, treating Hanford as a piggybank of land for development and assorted recreational uses will transform it into the same sort of fragmented, degraded land that exists almost anywhere in central and eastern Washington.
-- PATRICK PAULSON, Richland