$1.5 million raised to expand trails beyond Badger Mountain
BENTON CITY, Wash. -- The conservation group Friends of Badger Mountain (FOBM) has officially raised the funds to expand our local trails by 195 acres. They're buying Candy Mountain.
For over four years now FOBM volunteers have been working towards a vision to connect our four local mountains.
This goal of creating 20 miles of trails, from Badger to Red Mountain, is now one step closer with the help of $1.5 million.
The group partnered with Benton County to receive a $695,000 grant from the state's recreation and conservation office. The rest was raised straight from our local community members and business owners.
"The community turned out in arousing fashion for this and I think it just shows how popular the ridge hiking has become and how much value people place on reserving the ridges," said Friends of Badger Mountain's Sharon Grant.
FOBM says they hope to have Candy Mountain trails complete by this fall.