Fast Focus: 'Should Richland do more to protect Amon Preserve?' Protect the preserve

May 4, 2014 

Amon Creek Natural Preserve is a unique part of the remaining accessible natural habitat of our area that should be appreciated and protected. Not only is it an ancient course for the Yakima River, it is also home to unique wildlife, including the sagebrush-using beaver family and black tail jackrabbits. Hopefully, one day it will be one terminus for the ridge trail that ideally will run from there, over Little Badger, Badger, Candy and Red mountains to a Horn Rapids junction with the Yakima River. Development is occurring everywhere and this is good. To maintain the quality of life so many of us enjoy here, the natural assets of our unique shrub-steppe habitat need to be preserved and protected in the process.

-- MAUREEN HAMILTON, Richland

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