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Badger Mountain Trail Expansion in the Works

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Friends of Badger Mountain kicked off a Ridge Preservation and Trail Campaign on Thursday. It's more Badger for your buck. Friends of Badger Mountain kicked off a Ridge Preservation and Trail Campaign on Thursday. It's more Badger for your buck.
RICHLAND, WA - Friends of Badger Mountain kicked off a Ridge Preservation and Trail Campaign on Thursday. It's more Badger for your buck. 

The project is expected to cost around $1.5 million and it will extend the existing trail system across the ridges and over both Candy Mountain and Red Mountain. That's good news for the more than 200,000 people who hike it each year.

"We think about, this is now... and generations to come, it will be just wall to wall up there. So we've had this vision for a number of years," said Sharon Grant, of Friends of Badger Mountain.

It's a vision that has been in the making for more than a decade and the timing could not have been more perfect.

"We have 1,4000 employees who enjoy the outdoors and most of them are willing to put in time and effort to help make this trail system happen. So it's a combination of money and physical effort. That's what we're committing to," said CEO and President of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Co., John Fulton.

An employee survey at the company chowed the workers wanted to help the community with some type of outdoors project. So, Fulton called Friends of Badger Mountain and the partnership was born. The company has promised $500,000 to the project over the next five years.

"I think once people realize how really easy it is to do and stay in shape and stay healthy. It's just a tremendous asset to the community. So we want to expand as much as possible," said Friends of Badger Mountain President, Bob Bass.

"Other parts of it will be multi-use like Candy Mountain. That trail will be multi-use and across Red Mountain. Which we are making real headway on. I've been working with the winery owners on Red for the last three years and we finally have the green light," said Grant.

Friends of Badger Mountain have made it easy to donate to the cause. You can visit them online or use the handy QR Codes you'll find at the trailheads.

There is a two year agreement to raise the money to buy the 200 acres of land on Candy Mountain.


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