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Volunteers Needed to Help Build New Trail Along Badger Mountain in Richland

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If you've been to Badger Mountain in Richland recently, you may have noticed some signs about a new trail. If you've been to Badger Mountain in Richland recently, you may have noticed some signs about a new trail.

RICHLAND, WA - If you've been to Badger Mountain in Richland recently, you may have noticed some signs about a new trail.

The Friends of Badger Mountain started to build a 2.5 mile trail on the mountain. This will be the fourth trail on Badger Mountain and the group hopes to finish it by the end of April.

The three other trails are the Canyon Trail (1.1 miles long, built in 2005), Skyline Trail (3 miles long, built in 2006), and Sagebrush Trail (.6 miles long, built in 2010).

Most of the hard work will be done by machine, but they still need some volunteers.

"When we first built it, we only expected about 50 people a week and last year we had about 200,000 visits in the year. So it's a huge community resource, you can come on up for a little exercise, get to see some nature, and get good views off the summit," said Jim Langdon, the Trail Master for the group.

This new trail will stay low along the south side of Badger Mountain. It will start and end from the Skyline Trail that runs along the ridge top from the west end of the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve to the east end.

A grant from REI will help pay for the construction costs.

If you want to help out, you can call Langdon at 509-943-3992 or e-mail him at trailmaster@friendsofbadger.org.

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