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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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    Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    Our tour will take us along both sides of the Spokane River above Long Lake Dam. This Avista-owned acreage, which is open to public access but seldom used, wanders across Ice Age Flood-carved basalt formations, metamorphic rock, and beautiful flood terraces. In early May the antelope bitterbrush will still be blooming yellow, with an impressive display of spring shrub-steppe wildflowers. All of the walking can be done on old dirt roads with very moderate elevation gains; there will be a little optional rock scrambling for those who need it.

    The trip will consist of a walk on the south side of the river, a rest room break below Long Lake Dam from the access off Highway 231, then another shorter walk near the scenic turnout above the dam on the river?s north side off Hwy 291.

    We will start at Avista's dirt parking lot off Long Lake Road, 9:00 a.m. This lot lies about 2 miles east of Hwy 231 and 200 yards east of an Avista substation.

    Spokane-based teacher and naturalist, Jack Nisbet, is author of several books detailing history, fauna and flora of our region. The exhibition on David Douglas that is at the MAC currently was assembled by Jack and his wife, Claire, and incorporates documentation from his latest book,The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest. The exhibition will move to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma when it closes in the fall of 2013.

    Cost: $25.00 per person

    Includes: Jack Nisbet fee

    Minimum number: 20

    Maximum number: 30

    If minimum is not reached by April 11, 2013 the tour will be cancelled and money refunded.

    Location directions and important details will be provided to those who register.

    Click Here to download Registration Form

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