CHELAN -- The Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network of the Mid-Columbia recently received an award from the Planning Association of Washington, a Chelan-based group founded in 1963.
The Mid-Columbia organization was given the 2012 citizen involvement award for outstanding contributions to the field of planning.
In 2007, Mid-Columbia residents, groups and public officials identified the need for a regional open space and trails plan with a more comprehensive view than individual cities and counties had.
They formed a working group called the Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network Steering Committee to start a public discussion, create a local vision and plan for the future.
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The process developed a regional look at how best to use natural assets to benefit the economy, to provide access for recreation, education and health and to preserve natural and aesthetic value.
More information is available at www.rrosn.org.