The city of Richland should not just do "more," it should do enough to fully protect the Amon Creek Natural Preserve for future generations. This area is not large compared to what will be developed in the Tri-Cities over the years to come. It should be preserved within ecologically logical boundaries irrespective of the wants of current developers. It's far better for future generations to enjoy the enhanced quality of life and property values we can bequeath them by protecting this natural preserve than for a few developers to take their profits now, whatever the short-term benefits seem to be. Increase the tax base? To do what with the taxes? Once we squander our unique areas, no allocation of taxes can recover them -- ever. Development consumes our open areas irreversibly, both politically (elected officials don't reassign developments as open space) and ecologically.
Future generations cannot reverse environmental decisions we make today. It's up to us to protect what will be precious to them. There will be other areas to develop. Richland needs to ensure that we do not carelessly encroach on this unique place.
-- Bill Kuhn, Richland