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Benton County to seek grant to create Candy Mountain preserve


A public preserve could be created on Candy Mountain south of West Richland, similar to the popular Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve that draws thousands of people each year.

Benton County will seek $750,000 from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. And the Friends of Badger Mountain committed to raise the match.

The money would buy about 200 acres of […]

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Richland, Benton County buy rescue stretchers for Badger Mountain

Sara Schilling

They look like off-road versions of a stretcher, with large, durable wheels.

And they’ll make a big difference for the firefighters responding to medical calls on Badger Mountain and the injured trail-users they’re sent to help.

“In the past, we’d have to get six or seven people up there and try to carry the person down, which is very labor intensive,” […]

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New flat Badger Mountain trail will be finished this weekend

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City Herald

Phil Pinard said he is pretty sure a new one-mile loop trail at Trailhead Park will be welcomed by Tri-Citians once it is finished this weekend.

“Judging by the number of footprints, once we get signs up, it will get some use,” said Pinard, Richland’s interim parks and recreation director.

Thirty to 50 members of the Tri-Cities’ six […]

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Hiking Badger Mountain

Hiking Badger Mountain: In the five years since it was established, this preserve has become a boon for Tri-Cities hikers (PDF) – a two-page article by Adam Fyall in the May / June, 2011, newsletter of the Washington Trails Association (you can visit their Web site).


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Open space advocates unveil conservation vision today

By Kathy Korengel, Herald Staff Writer

When asked why they live here, Tri-Citians rank the area’s recreational opportunities and natural beauty among their top reasons.

Those factors also often attract new businesses, said Mike Lilga, a member of the nonprofit Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network, during a meeting with the Tri-City Herald’s editorial board earlier this week.

During the past four years, […]

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Badger Mountain addition asset for entire community

Tr-City Herald

Hiking Badger Mountain has become one of the most popular outings in the Tri-Cities, thanks to a dedicated group that’s not content to wait for government action.

In an era when governments at every level are struggling just to maintain existing services, Friends of Badger Mountain has found ways for the private sector to fill some of the gap.

The group’s […]

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