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DIVERSITY GIVES WAY TO DEVELOPMENT
The day we hoped would be far down the road has arrived. The remaining shrub steppe parcel in Amon Basin has been sold. The land owner has decided to go forward with development of the property and has an existing real estate contract with Hayden Homes to build over 400 homes removing the entire shrub steppe habitat in the area.
The narrow Amon Creek Natural Preserve corridor will be surrounded by pavement and people. Will the community give their blessing to the development or will the community commit to an effort to save a portion of the last piece of wildlands we have left in the Tri Cites?
Please consider joining our effort to preserve and protect this last stand of wetland, riparian, shrub steppe in the Tri Cites area, the Central Natural Park of the Mid-Columbia. Contact us via this web site, or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 627-3621 to join the effort. We will need your presence at commission and council meetings to let your voice be heard. We have to be ready at a moments notice to react to any agenda items related to Beer Falls and to the Rachel road extension (identified as Center Parkway on the plat map). We need your contact information to rally the troops.
We are currently developing a plan that may save a portion of the property as a buffer to the existing Phase One and Two Amon Creek Natural Preserve. We have many options on the table including our own acquisition of the buffer area. All of the options require funding for the many aspects of creating a successful project.
We encourage you to stand by us as we fight to conserve what we can. We have not given up on the concept we just have to adjust our scale. Please consider a donation and being on the call to action team to allow us to cross that goal line for Phase 3.
“Conservation is hard; you have to win every day. When the other side wins you lose that battle forever.”
Friends of Amon Basin
Want to stay connected with Amon Basin specific issues, send your contact information to our Amon Basin liaison, Kathy Dechter…firstname.lastname@example.org
- Purchased 60 acres of the Amon Creek corridor and established a conservation easement to protect the habitat.
- Donated the Amon Creek purchase to the City of Richland to be established as a Natural Preserve in the city park system.
The following Phase 2 goals have been completed:
- Expanded area near Claybell Park by 39 acres.
- Completed Amon Creek Preserve plant survey.
- Received volunteer activities (1000 hours from Team Battelle and contributions from Scouts).
- Received REI grant to help offset costs of trailhead kiosks.
- Received Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Grant for water quality sampling/education.
- Placed access signs at two Amon Creek Preserve access points.
- Purchase 15.5-acre connective corridor between Claybell Park and Amon Creek Preserve.
- Develop restoration plan based on surveys of water quality, plants, fish, and wildlife.
- Received grant for water quality sampling. 2009 Water Quality Study
Jackrabbits disappear as Amon Basin housing development moves in, DIVERSITY GIVES WAY TO DEVELOPMENT
- Take US I-82 southwest towards Yakima, exit Queensgate south , turn left at second stop light (Keene Rd.), continue south east (appox. 2 miles) to light at Gage Blvd. turn left again, get in right lane, next light (Leslie), turn right and head south; you may turn left on Broadmoor and park in Claybell Park. Amon Basin will be spread out to the south where the green park grass ends with the East fork on your left and the West fork on your right; or you may continue south on Leslie for another 1/4 mile + or – turn left on Center Blvd. and follow that road to the dead end. Get out and walk down the gravel road and Amon Basin will be all that is not dozed under ( as of 10-21-05) in front of you.
- You may also exit Hwy 240 heading south from Richland or Northwest from Kennewick/Pasco at the Wye and turn west on Columbia Park Trail, go past the motel and take a left on (approx. 1/2 mile) Leslie, continue on Leslie Rd. through the Gage intersection, turn left on Broadmoor or Center Blvd to find the Amon Basin as per above instructions