Hayden Homes recently purchased undeveloped land, known as Beer Falls, off the new Steptoe extension. Proposed development of this area includes construction of more than 450 single family houses. Beer Falls contains rapidly declining shrub-steppe habitat, and immediately borders the rare and sensitive Amon Creek Nature Preserve, a riparian/wetland habitat. This entire ecoregion supports more than 100 species of animals, including the black-tailed jackrabbit and the American badger, both listed as species of concern in Washington state.
My kids, ages 4, 6 and 8, ask me why people "tear up the desert." The best answer I have for them is "money." But I wonder, as the most powerful species on the planet, if we can make another choice this time? If we can acknowledge that our truest happiness, and our deepest love does not come from what money can buy. For me, it comes from the sunrise over the sagebrush, the nature and wildlife our fantastic city and the laughter of my kids while they play in it.
Please get involved by learning more at Tapteal Greenway's website' tapteal.org. Let's communicate to Richland City Council about this native land and the beauty and richness it brings to the Tri-Cities.
LAUREN CASLIN, Kennewick