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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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    FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase
    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV
    Dear Conservation Futures Committee,



    The Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley Board voted last week unanimously to strongly support the nomination of the Scholz Property for Conservation Futures purchase. We believe this property very favorably meets the criteria listed in the 2010 Program Overview, making it a top choice for the Conservation Futures program. Most notably, it assures the connectivity of a key wildlife corridor, offers educational opportunity to Meadow Ridge Elementary located on its boarder, and offers high density neighborhood easy access to an extensive trail system, parks, fishing, and viewing of both riparian and upland wildlife and habitat.



    Wildlife corridor sustainability is paramount to our area and the purchasing of this property for protection will help reach this goal. Preserving this piece of property lessens the fragmentation caused by land development. This Little Spokane River Valley property supports the connectivity of a key wildlife corridor along Little Deep Creek which originates at Mt. Spokane, connects to our Little Spokane River Valley and continues on to Riverside State Park. This corridor will promote safe animal passage for gestation, foraging and migration as well as nesting habitat. Protection of this watershed which is part of the Little Spokane watershed, is very important as it is located in the Aquifer Sensitive area and feeds into the Little Spokane River which joins the northernmost edge of the Spokane Aquifer.



    This property also connects people to the outdoors, ensuring that all our citizens can hike, fish, watch wildlife, and have access to more parks and trails. Meadow Ridge Elementary students can easily utilize this varied upland and riparian habitat area for educational opportunities and viewing of the diversity of wildlife. Spokane citizens from the high density neighborhood east of this property and those from the Little Spokane River Valley can enjoy this natural setting and all it has to offer. People can hike through this property to access the extensive Little Spokane Trail System which connects to the North Corridor trail which will eventually reach the Centennial trail. Several parks are also along the Little Spokane Trail System.



    Adding the 60 acres of Scholz Property as a Conservation Futures property protects this threatened area. It saves open space, wildlife corridor and habitat, and Little Deep Creek and springs which are part of the Little Spokane River watershed. Also, the Sholz Property Partnership has indicated the willingness to grant the County an easement to make the trail connection from the 60 acre Scholz property identified for Conservation Futures along Meadow Creek Road to Little Spokane Drive which is the key to public access to the Little Spokane Trail system, parks, and other amenities. This property is within the Friends of the Little Spokane membership area and we wholeheartedly support this nomination which helps us reach two of the four goals of our organization “to preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including its open space and natural setting” and “protect the area’s ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation”.

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