Open spaces are what connect humans to the natural world. Contrary to popular belief and our lifestyles, we are part of the natural world. Open spaces affect our well-being (read Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv). Spend time alone in the Amon Creek Natural Preserve. Shut off your phone and any human-made distractions and listen. Let your humanity absorb its natural environment and feel the difference.
I was raised in an area that provided natural space. I loved it. Over time I watched those natural areas get paved over for "progress." Now those areas are void of any animal life, vegetation or anything that is not humanmade. The only "progress" I saw was more houses. Apparently we need more "progress" because we need to destroy a natural, one-of-a-kind area to build more houses and roads.
The recent branding study for the Tri-Cities highlighted Badger Mountain as an outstanding benefit to the area. Badger Mountain preservation did not happen overnight. Dedicated people fought for it and now we are all reaping the benefit. Let's all get involved. Contact the Richland City Council and make your voice heard.
The Tri-Cities is a unique are,a and we should keep it that way.
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TERESE MEYER, Kennewick