With a near unanimous vote, the Richland City Council has come down solidly on the side of environmental protection and preservation of the treasure that is Amon Basin.
They could have simply hoped for another housing development, but with the single exception of Mayor John Fox, they took the long view.
Fox voted no to the city writing a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in support of the Tapteal Greenway Association's quest to buy the land between the east and west branches of Amon Creek south of Claybell Park.
This is a lovely area, made up of shrub steppe, wetland and riparian areas and is home to a profusion of wildlife.
The nonprofit Tapteal Greenway Association (www.tapteal.org) has done remarkable work in seeking to preserve this land for what is truly its best and highest purpose.
About $2 million is needed to buy the land, and supporters are pursuing grants and donations.
A request for money has been made to a committee of the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office for an urban wildlife grant.
We encourage the state to look favorably upon the association's request for grant money.