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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

    Changes May Be Coming to WDFW Waikiki Springs Property
    by Landon Eaton Crecelius
    Changes may be coming to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Waikiki Springs property below the Fairwood neighborhood, often referred to as the "switchbacks." This 115-plus acre property has long been popular with the north Spokane community for walking, jogging, bicycling, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and other activity along the old switchback road down to the Little Spokane River.

    In the last few years WDFW staff have met with neighbors, county officials, and Washington State Parks managers about future management of the property. State Parks has been reviewing properties near Riverside State Park with an eye to increasing land stewardship and public recreational opportunities, including connecting the "switchbacks" property to the park.

    This July the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted a long-
    term boundary for Riverside State Park that includes the Waikiki Springs property. The intent of parks including this property is in recognition of the impacts and opportunities the management of these types of neighboring properties have on current State Parks properties. In some cases, Parks may seek to own or manage these lands in conjunction with their recreational objectives in mind. In other cases, management and or ownership may not be the route pursued by Parks, but rather a partnership or shared management strategy with the property owner or manager is the best outcome in preserving, enhancing, and managng recreational opportunities for the long term.

    When funding is available and a master plan is developed, State Parks would consider additional property acquisitions from willing sellers within the long-term boundary. Such acquisitions might be made through the Spokane County Conservation Futures program, land exchanges, conservation easements, or other purchase agreements.

    More information about the Parks planning process is at

    Last year FLSRV and the Fairwood I Home Owners Association (HOA) and Fairwood II HOA teamed up with the Fairwood Farmer's Market to hire Nicoterra Trails to con- duct a scoping study about the potential for preserving and enhancing the property and the wildlife that live there. Through this study the name "Middle of the Little" was born to describe the area along the Little Spokane River.

    The scoping study recommended, and Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley (FLSRV) spokesperson Harla Jean Beaver encouraged, development of a parks master plan.

    Meanwhile, WDFW is applying for Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant funds to help control switchback trail erosion and protect wildlife habitat and the aquifer springs.

    With State Parks long-term boundary plan including the Waikiki Springs property, local interested parties are working to find funding for other improvements and to help achieve the local long term planning efforts of Parks and DFW.

    Saturday volunteer parties have cleaned up trash, worked on trail erosion problems, and planted native vegetation along the trail. The next trail cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, starting at 9 a.m. at the top of the switchbacks.

    For more information about the HOA/FLSRV team action, contact littlespokaneconservation@ gmail.com.

    For more information about WDFW Waikiki Springs property management, contact:
    WDFW Eastern Region Lands agent, Jan Lawson at: Jan.lawson@dfw.wa.gov.


    "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Please, Won't You...

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Back to School

    by Kirk Neumann

    Spokane County Little Spokane Drive Sewer Extension Project

    by Michael Kennedy

    Fairwood Farmer’s Market

    by Merry Maccini

    Holiday Shopping at Amazon Smile

    0.5% donated to FLSRV for a no-cost way to support your organization

    Mark Your Calendar -- 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    Membership Update 2018

    In Memoriam -- Merle Moberly, MD

    Annual FLRSV Meeting


    Water Quality

    by Lindell Haggin

    What’s Happening on the Middle of The Little Spokane River?

    by Daniel Collins

    2018 Fairwood District Farmers Market

    Valley Cleanup 2018

    by Michael Kennedy

    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.


    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

    Mark Case

    New Board Member

    A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Pearkes

    Reviewed by Jack Nisbet

    Living Water: Salmon's Presence

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Earth Day Clean-Up of Our Valley 2017

    by Michael Kennedy

    Thanks Be to the Decorator!

    October Board Meeting

    by Harla Jean Biever

    Sign Up for Amazon Smile

    Colbert Road Trail

    by Mark Case

    In Memoriam - Daniel Eugene Forsyth

    Annual Meeting 2017

    Valley Cleanup 2017

    Land Along the Little Spokane River

    Report from Fairwood Community Leaders


    Threads of Red

    Tina Wynecoop

    New Bench

    Kirk Neuman


    Registration for Tour and Field Trip


    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club



    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Valley Cleanup Report - 2016

    by Michael Kennedy


    Conservation Future Nomination

    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

    Annual Meeting - 2016

    Valley Cleanup 2016

    by Michael Kennedy

    List of resources re: Salmon/Upper Columbia River Basin:

    Warning to Pet Owners

    By Erin Kennedy, DVM

    2015 Fairwood District Farmers Market

    Hosted by Allen Family Properties

    Valley Cleanup

    By Michael Kennedy

    2015 Annual Meeting

    Proposed New Housing Development

    By Jennifer Mudge

    Pine River Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look

    Rehab Cleanup Signs -- Volunteers Needed

    By Michael Kennedy

    Jack Nisbet Saltese Uplands Field Trip Coming May 2, 2015

    Mark Your Calendar!

    Wildlife Highway

    By Jack and Ro Bury

    Pioneer of Our Valley

    By Dana Davis Kelly

    Where a Wind Blew . . .

    By Harla Jean Biever New Hope Resource Center Board Member

    Membership Renewal

    Drama on the Little Spokane

    By Lindell Haggin


    Board Member Michael Kennedy

    What Was In Grandpas Trunk

    By Harla Jean Heiser Biever

    Annual Meeting

    Valley Cleanup 2014

    By Michael Kennedy

    2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Serving Our Communities

    by Harla Jean Biever, President
    Board New Hope Resource Center

    Augy Augustine

    In Memoriam

    Our New bridge

    by Martha Schaefer

    Is Your Last Rose Of Summer Going To The Deer?

    Looking Back

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Trails To The Library(s)

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Valley Cleanup 2013

    by Michael Kennedy

    Apex Industries make Herons for New Bridge

    Mark Your Calendar - Jack Nisbet Walking Tour

    Saturday, May 10, 2014


    Annual Spring Cleanup

    Saturday, April 27th -- 9:30 am

    In Memoriam

    Annual Meeting

    by Martha Schaefer, Vice President

    Thank You 2013 Donors For Auction Items!

    We Did Great!

    PET Project Spreads Mobility

    by Cindy Hval
    Article Courtesy of Spokesman-Review

    Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet

    Come See The Butterflies!

    Memorial Bricks

    by Harla J. Biever

    Work Day At Camp Dart-Lo


    by Tina Wynecoop

    A Look Back at FLSRV History

    by Martha Schafer, Board Vice-President

    Mark Your Calendar For Our 2013 Annual Meeting

    We're Adopting!

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Bravo for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

    by Tina Wynecoop

    FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge

    by Lance Pounder, President

    Little Spokane River Bridge No. 3602 Replacement Project Update for Fall of 2012

    Cottonwood Trees in North Spokane County

    by W.G. Magnuson

    Delay Pruning To Help Wildlife Now

    by Michael Kennedy

    Spokane Fish Hatchery

    by Kirk Newmann

    Second Annual Hike With Jack Nisbet

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

    Pine River Park Update

    by Lance Pounder

    Oldest Barn in Spokane County?

    by W.G. Magnuson, Jr.

    Spring is for the Birds (and Birders)!

    by Lindell Haggin


    by Jack Bury

    Valley Cleanup

    by Michael Kennedy

    2012 Annual Meeting

    by Tina Wynecoop, Auction Chairman

    Thank You! FLSRV 2012 Auction Donors

    A Little History

    by Harla Jean Biever

    Water Quality

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Walking Tour May 12, 2012

    Roberta Ellis, FLSRV Member

    State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation, Conservation Grant Applications


    WTA Work Parties 2012

    2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced

    by Marla Schaeffer

    Walking Tour Review

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Keeping Pine River Park Open

    by Lance Pounder

    86,400 Seconds

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Valley Cleanup

    by Michael Kennedy

    Better Dead Than Alive?

    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

    The Way It Was: History Along Our Organizations Namesake

    by Tina Wynecoop

    The Smell of Home

    by Carole Mack From: Diggings.org

    2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    What is Conservation Futures

    by Martha Schaefer

    FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase

    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV

    A River Flows Through It

    by Bart Haggin

    Pine River Park Help Keep it Open

    by Lance Pounder

    County Bridge Upgrades

    by Harla Jean Biever

    Spring Cleanup Date Announced

    Saturday, April 16 Starting at 9:00am.

    Little Spokane Artists Plan Studio Tour

    by Hulda Bridgeman

    Team from 3 Counties Presents Gardening Workshop

    Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    3rd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

    by Hulda Bridgeman

    Keeping Pine River Park Open

    by Lance Pounder

    New Board Members Elected

    by Kirk Neumann

    Annual Meeting Held

    by Tina Wynecoop

    Pine River County Park

    by Doug Chase

    General Service Modifications for 2010 Park Season

    by Doug Chase

    Mt. Spokane, The Little Spokane River, Rock Cairn Vision Quest Sites and a Poem

    by Tina Wynecoop


    by Harla Jean Biever

    Cleanup Day Report

    by Lance Pounder

    An Amazing CBC (Christmas Bird Count) Adventure Story

    by Jeanne Dammarell

    2nd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

    by Hulda Bridgeman

    2009 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction

    by Tina Wynecoop

    US Highway 2 to the Wandermere Vicinity North Spokane Corridor: Wall Architectural Treatment

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