Letter: Wildlife protection program
Thank you for editorializing in support of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), a state program to preserve our natural heritage and develop recreation areas that has done so much for the Tri-Cities.
The Yakima River and watershed is recognized as one of the most diverse, scenic and biologically productive systems in the entire Pacific Northwest. WWRP has been instrumental in protecting the water quality of the Columbia River and local native habitat and game. Our organization, Tapteal Greenway, has worked for two decades to help preserve this heritage and support outdoor recreation on public lands — a sector that supports over 5,000 jobs in Benton County. WWRP grants helped us create the new Amon Creek Natural Preserve and expand the neighboring Claybell Park in Richland.
Increasing development in our community in recent years has intensified the responsibility to make sure that as we grow we also take care to protect our natural heritage, to preserve our quality of life and that of future generations. We need WWRP to help us achieve this, and we can’t let the Senate dismantle it.