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  • 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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    Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet
    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 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture currently was assembled by Jack and his wife, Claire, in collaboration with MAC staff and incorporates documentation from his two most recent books, The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, and David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work. These tours will depart on Saturdays from the MAC at 9:00 am and return by 3:00 pm. Admission to the Museum is included for viewing the exhibition following the tours.



    Please complete the form below and mail by 15 days prior to each of the tour day departures.



    Feel free to invite your friends to come along with us.



    APRIL 20 Swanson Lakes, Twin, & Coffeepot Lake

    Matching the time of the Hudson's Bay Company's spring express that Douglas took up the Columbia in 1826 and 27, we will look at early wildflowers and spring birds in the shrub-steppe



    MAY 4 Little Falls/Mouth of the Spokane River

    Douglas made some of his favorite plant collections at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers in early May 1826. He also traveled from Little Falls downstream and crossed the Spokane at its mouth later that same summer. If time permits, we will stop at Reardan's spectacular Audubon Lake on the way back to Spokane.



    MAY 18 Colville Valley/Little Pend Oreille NWR

    In May 1826, David Douglas journeyed through the Colville Valley twice on his way between Kettle Falls and Spokane House. Timed to match Douglas's trek to the day, this trip will follow an ancient tribal route across a divide that affords the same spectacular views of the Spokane River that thrilled the naturalist. We will stay on the old trail to work north through Colville Valley, stopping at the Chewelah City Park for a picnic lunch. Since this tour corresponds with the very peak of wildflower bloom and migrant bird activity, our progress will be determined both by the weather and by what we encounter along the way.



    If you need more information call Harla Jean at 466-2823 or email her at: hjbiever@earthlink.net





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