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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.



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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    What We Accomplished Together in 2017
    We are honored that you support the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley. Your donations, membership, sweat equity and enthusiasm have brought us a long way over the last two decades.
    • We cleaned litter from many miles of roadways and trails in April for Earth Day and because we care.

    • We monitored the water quality of three streams monthly for Spokane Conservation District: Little Spokane, Little Deep Creek, Deadman (Peone) Creek.

    • We picked up litter along a section of WSDOT's "Children of the Sun Trail" four times (located between Wandermere Frontage Road and Highway 2) from April through October.

    • We wrote letters to our county commissioners regarding the proposed opening up of gun ranges in our Valley's "no-shooting" area to allow shooting. (Noise pollution obeys no parcel lines). The result of this opposition was that the proposal was withdrawn by the sponsor for the change.

    • We held our annual meeting, dinner, and fundraiser at Wandermere Golf Course. Board member Lindell Haggin displayed her wonderful photos of wildlife and nature observed along the Little Spokane River.

    • We raised $1,875 for our non-profit organization's account in order to forward work with trails, signage, and communications.

    • We collaborated with, and provided funding to support, Fairwood's "Middle of the Little" organization for their work to preserve the LSR natural area below Bozarth Mansion/Waikiki Springs.

    • We prepared semi-annual newsletters full of information relevant to our LSR Valley community.

    • We advised the county road engineers of the need for crosswalks/signage to enable safe pedestrian passage across busy roads near Pine River Park and the new trail at the base of Colbert Road.

    • We attended nine FLSRV board meetings and planning sessions.

    • We invited and listened to Mead School District School Superintendent, Dr. Rockefeller, explain the challenges and pressures our school district faces with unchecked population growth.

    • We maintained a website loaded with historic information, photos, and e-newsletters.

    • We invited members and friends to attend another annual fundraiser: where we accompanied author Jack Nisbet in exploring the geology, flora and fauna of Reardan's Audubon Lakes.

    • We refurbished three informational kiosks: at Cincinnati/LSDrive, and at both entrances to the Haynes Conservation Area.

    • We provided bags for the doggie doo dispensers installed along the trails.

    • We installed FLSRV signage along the recently completed Wandermere Frontage Road pedestrian trail which now completes the connection between Wandermere Bridge and the Hatch Road trail system. (The developer of the apartment complex funded/constructed the trail.)

    • We successfully supported opposition to a proposed exemption to the no-shooting area along Little Spokane Drive.

    • We forgot to mention in last year's list of on-going accomplishments our involvement with the county when three bridges were replaced: Dartford, Golden Road, and Wandermere Bridges. We wanted our bridges to be designed to enhance the community's connection to, and awareness of, the Little Spokane River. Walkways, aesthetics, visibility, and design were included in our participation with the county engineers.

    • We funded, designed and built a 900' pedestrian connector trail from Colbert Road Bridge to Little Spokane Drive.


    We look forward to 2018!
    When you join this organization you help to promote ongoing projects as opportunities arise. If not already a
    member, please consider joining our neighborhood family. Membership form here.

    News
    Membership
    School Bond Vote
    In Memoriam - Harold Balazs
    New Board Position
    Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    School Time
    Walking to School is a Smart Choice
    Spokesman-Review article. September 1, 2017 Reprinted by permission.
    Seeing Red Over Dog Poop? Oregon Town Paints it Orange
    Spokesman-Review article. October 13, 2015 Reprinted by permission. Originally published July 28, 2011 The Bellingham Herald
    Local, Family-Owned Landmarks: Pounder’s and Pattison’s
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2018 Annual Meeting
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    Trails
    Trail System Section Completions
    by Mark Case
    Middle of Little Spokane River
    by Daniel Collins
    Yearly Walking Tour With Jack Nisbet
    ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    Geology / History
    "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    Bird Watching
    Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    Nesting Ospreys
    Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
    January 2018 Newsletter
    October 2017 Newsletter
    Spring 2017 Newsletter
    October 2016 Newsletter
    January 2016 Newsletter
    Spring 2015 Newsletter
    November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
    June 2014 Newsletter PDF
    December 2013 Newsletter
    April 2013 Newsletter

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