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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

    Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley




    Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    P. O. Box 18191

    Spokane, WA 99228



    We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.



    Our Mission Statement:



    The general purposes for which the corporation is organized are as follows:



    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.



    To do all and everything necessary, suitable and proper for the accomplishment of any of the purposes set forth, either alone or in association with other corporations, firms or individuals to do every act or acts, thing r things, incidental to the attainment of said purposes.
    Our Vision:
    Our vision is to promote and maintain quality of life in this valley with its unique meandering river. In this place, people will enjoy its beauty, feel secure, and experience a sense of community.
    Our Goals
    1.Goal: Preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting, maintaining lower density zoning.
    a.Objective: Preserve low density:
    i.Support the rural designation formed by the UGA and support transition from urban to rural densities within the UGA.
    ii.Maintain a corridor of low density zoning along the Little Spokane River and its tributaries.
    iii.Maintain no greater than the present, as- built density (no greater than 1 unit per 5 acres) from the floor to the rim of the valley--and beyond the rim where it affects our water quality.
    b.Objective: Discourage heavier use of Little Spokane Dr. and its feeder roads while improving safety for recreational use.
    i.Maintain Little Spokane Dr. as a 2 lane "country" road.
    ii.Encourage improvements such as wider shoulders and/or bike lanes that make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
    c.Preserve and promote the historical significance of the LSRV.
    2.Goal: Protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
    a.Preserve and protect current species and their habitat using conservation easements, conservation futures, open space incentives, green belts, wildlife corridors, and public areas.
    b.Protect the water quality in the valley by requiring effective waste and storm water management. Promote research, study, and monitoring of the aquifer recharge region for the Little Spokane watershed.
    3.Goal: Encourage the development of area parks.
    a.Encourage play fields and developed parks near the denser residential areas and adjacent to public facilities.
    b.Encourage undeveloped natural areas.
    4.Goal: Communicate FLSRV concerns.
    a.Dialog with public officials, being pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.
    b.Gather and disseminate information to the community, membership and media.
    c.Establish and maintain a communication network with other community associations in Spokane county.

    5.Goal: Develop a greater sense of safety and security by promoting and facilitating community oriented policing and security.
    Overview of Our Area of Interest
    FLSRV area



    Download printable PDF trails maps here



    The Little Spokane River is a tributary of the Spokane River, approximately 35 mi (56 km) long, in eastern Washington in the United States. It drains a rural area of forested foothills and a farming valley north of the city of Spokane along the Idaho-Washington border. It rises in southern Pend Oreille County, south of Newport near the Idaho state line. It flows SSW past Milan and Colbert. It joins the Spokane River from the east approximately 10 mi (16 km) northwest of Spokane. The river has several popular hiking trails along it, and is a popular destination for canoeing and kayaking. However, it is one the largest privately owned rivers in the United States.

    Property owners in the area 3/4 mile either side of the Little Spokane River from Chattaroy to Dartford, then 1/2 mile either side of the Little Spokane River from Dartford to the Fish Hatchery are invited to become members.
    Current Board Members
    PresidentDave Maccini
    Vice-PresidentMartha Schaefer
    SecretaryLindell Haggin
    TreasurerHarla Jean Biever
    DirectorMark Case
    DirectorLance Pounder
    DirectorMichael Kennedy
    DirectorKirk Neumann
    DirectorTina Wynecoop


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