In our ongoing coverage of the Bonneville Power Administration’s plans to place a power line that stretches 70 miles through Clark County, COUV.COM will feature perspectives from various county residents who could be affected. Today we talk with Ray Richards, a Vancouver resident whose family has owned a working tree farm in the Dole Valley for more than 40 years.

Tree farm owner Ray Richards stands on the banks of the East Fork of the Lewis River in Dole Valley where a BPA power line would cut across his family's property.

A Better Way for BPA, which represents many other rural property owners. While he lives and works in Vancouver selling promotional products, his heart is back in the rustic ranch-style home his parents lived in for more than 30 years along the banks of the Lewis River. He uses it as a second office and a retreat.

Richards would like to see BPA construct the new line down the existing corridor in the western part of the county, where it could pass along the edges of people’s property rather than carve through the countryside.

“It’s an environmental impact that’s a lot greater than using the existing corridor, and it’s more expensive,” Richards said. “The BPA’s own figures say it would be more expensive to put a new corridor out here.”

Watch the video of Ray Richards and see the affected property:

Tree farmer protests potential clear cut that could go to stream’s edge