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Local conservation group releases open land plan

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities region keeps growing and that has some concerned that new developments could bulldoze over important resources.

On Thursday, members of the Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network met at Badger Mountain to reveal a plan four years in the making. The final product contains 250 pages of detailed research, open space and trail data and has over 50-recommendations for planning in our region. The goal is to create a tool for counties and cities so that open space and trails can be a part of planning. One Tri-City conservationist says our undeveloped land is one of our biggest natural assests for recreation, education and our economy. "It's pretty hard to save open space after its gone and so we just want to make sure at this point in time, in the rapid development here in our community, that it's part of the conversation," said Scott Woodward, President of Ridges to Rivers. 

Woodward says he hopes the cities and counties start implementing the plan in new developments.

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