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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 is Conservation Futures
    by Martha Schaefer
    The 1994 adoption of the Spokane County Conservation Futures program began with a property tax assessed for each home in the county. This (up-to) 6-cent tax is levied per $1000 of property value; a home assessed at $100,000 would generate a tax of $6.00 at this levy rate. This tax money is earmarked solely for the acquisition of property and development rights to benefit wildlife, conserve natural resources, increase passive recreation and educational opportunities, and improve the quality of life for area residents

    Fifteen percent of the Conservation Futures money is used toward maintaining, protecting and enhancing the property over the long-term. As of 2010, the Conservation Futures Program has acquired over 5,000 acres through 26 acquisitions. This information was taken from the Spokane County website; maps and more information on these recreation areas can be found on: http://www.spokanecounty.org/parks or www.spokanecounty.org/parks.

    Every three or so years the County Commissioners adopt a new prioritized list of potential Conservation Futures properties for recommended purchase through this program. There were 36 properties nominated during the open nomination round. All properties were evaluated and ranked by the Spokane County Land Evaluation Committee which included site visits and input during a public meeting. The Friends of the Little Spokane Board spoke in support of the Little Deep Creek nomination and also sent a letter of support in behalf of our membership. The Spokane County Parks Advisory Committee sent a final list to the Commissioners who approved a resolution adopting their 2010 Conservation Futures Prioritized Acquisition List. The Little Deep Creek property of interest was ranked 17th in this final list. See attached map identifying the location of the rank ordered properties.

    Be sure to make plans this spring to enjoy a few of the 26 properties already available to the public through this program!

    2010 Conservation Futures Nominations

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