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    Jack Nisbet's and FLSRV's Sixth Annual Walking Tour: Lower Hangman/Latah Creek April 29, 2018
    by Tina Wynecoop
    Near Peaceful Valley, below Spokane Falls, a tributary joins the Spokane River. And thirty-three humans and one very polite dog named 'Dug' joined on this cool spring morning to follow our favorite naturalist/historian guide, Jack Nisbet, on yet another wonderful excursion to explore in depth our region's varied wonders.

    Overheard while waiting for the group to assemble, one octogenarian-minus mentioned to another octogenarianplus that his parents had kept a trailer at this very spot by Sandifur Bridge fifty years ago. The other elder, a Spokan Indian, countered, 'Well, 150 years ago, my people lived here.' (And they had for uncountable generations.)


    After a brisk uphill walk we looked down at the confluence of Hangman Creek and the Spokane River. Coolish weather earlier in the week had slowed the creek's meltwater considerably (from 20,000cfs the previous Monday
    to 8,000cfs on this day.) This is a spectacular drone photo (courtesy of Cutboard Studio) of the confluence was published by The Inlander in mid-April showing a vast stream of mud flowing from Latah Creek and running parallel with and infringing on the green flow of the big river. One could be dismayed at the enormous sediment being dumped by Latah into the Spokane unless given a different perspective by Jack who said that the indigenous people living upstream along this creek which begins in Idaho and washes through the Palouse always called themselves 'The muddy creek people.' The sediment flow is not a new phenomenon. For sure the creek has been heavily impacted by agricultural and forestry practices in the last century and half but certainly, too, the creek is/was prone to changing its colors as the seasons changed.


    Clouds of serviceberry shrubs and golden current bushes – both in full bloom - made the landscape more beautiful. In late April our region is fashionably dressed in white as the serviceberry bush blooms en masse and then quietly drops its petals. Just look up the slopes of Five Mile Prairie and see the hillsides in astonishing beauty each spring. Wherever there is undisturbed land, perhaps in your own yards or community these shrubs put on a show. Members of the wild carrot family -perennial herbs named Lomatiums, dotted the ground like yellow umbrellas. Jack explained that plants of this family range from highly edible to deadly toxic. The Interior Salish Indians valued varieties of this plant and relied on certain of its species for consumption while avoiding the toxic ones. We were cautioned that our own plant identification skills were
    probably insufficient to become gatherers of these subsistence foods.

    As our group walked upstream on the west side of the creek we heard the first Yellow warblers of the year singing in the riparian vegetation along the creek. They had just arrived from their long northern migration from Central America to establish nesting territory, mate, and raise their young. (To listen to their melodious calls google 'Yellow warbler' and touch the musical note to play recordings of their song(s) and calls. Just upland from the riparian zone tall ponderosa pines anchored the soil. Most enchanting were the skirts of white flowers surrounding the base of some of the trees: Claytonia (also called Indian potato, Spring Beauty) spread their white flowers. These plants were an important source of carbohydrates for the Interior native people. When cooked the corms taste like potatoes.

    We saw the White-throated swifts darting underneath the high bridge decks which cross the creek. Again, it was their calls, a long series of descending notes, that drew our attention (worth listening to by googling their name.) The creek's character has been altered significantly. Salmon no longer swim upstream to spawn. Most of the beaver are gone. New (invasive) vegetation has planted itself firmly in the soil. Many of the native plants survive. Jack reminds us again not to despair for what has been lost. He compares the changes to the massive repeated impacts of the Ice Age Floods and reminds us that the creek is still here. We must look deeper into the story being told about the landscape.

    Crossing a little bridge over the creek we walked back to People's Park on the east side of Latah Creek. Poison ivy, with its odd berried bushes, was pointed out. One man in the group says he just has to breathe and he gets the effect of their poison. Glad to learn about and avoid that plant's presence! Mounds of Buckwheat plants lined the base of the hillside below the south Hill's High Drive. These plants were sure signs that this creek side is a 'butterfly heaven.' A sharp-eyed member of the group (not Dug the Dog) found a Sarah's Orange-tip butterfly which had just emerged from its cocoon and was resting in low grasses.

    On this hike were adventurers, a botanist, a horsewoman, an organic gardener, a trails expert, and many more interesting attendees. The man my husband walked with had his own river story: In June 1971, he and several others swam and and/or walked the Spokane River below Post Falls all the way to the Bowl and Pitcher for a fund-raiser on behalf of what is now called the Special Olympics. The small group of adventurers wearing full wetsuits, were able to keep their heads and chests above water as they navigated the river. Below the spillway at Upriver Dam the men were caught in the white water and nearly drowned. Boats or bodies don't float in 50% oxygenated water. Jim recalls there was enough current to help him claw his way down on the river's floor and finally emerge above water. He said it was the longest time he has gone without breathing. He remembers walking downtown around the Spokane Falls dam in his wetsuit (that must have been a sight!) and reentering the Spokane River and floating past the confluence of Latah Creek and on downstream to the Bowl and Pitcher, where he crawled out after eight hours in the river (without lunch). He rested on the south bank for quite a while. Jim Ellis is one of the founders of FLSRV and its trail system. After learning about his long ago adventure I keep thinking, 'What would we have done without him?' And, added to that question, 'What other stories could/should be shared of adventure and bravery and danger and discovery by other hikers in our group?'

    We ALWAYS, all ways, learn so much from our leader on these annual hikes. If you missed this hike remember that Jack has a website which lists upcoming events. His tours are calendared there, as are the titles of the books he has written. His current book will be published in October 2018 about a Swedish immigrant and botanist named John Leiberg (1853-1913) who collected plant specimens in the very area we toured with Jack. Each book Jack writes is a tour de force – which is defined by my dictionary as 'an impressive achievement that has been accomplished with great skill' – we all could say, that this Sunday's hike along Latah/Hangman Creek was a tour de force as well.

    Thank you, Jack Nisbet, for enriching our world, opening our eyes, and for writing so knowledgably about our region (including his monthly essays in 'The North Columbia Monthly' magazine which is available for free at Auntie's, Huckleberry's, the downtown library, and online at NCMonthly.com.

    Jack's essay about Spokane House is included in the April 2018 publication of the book edited by EWU's Professor Paul Lindholdt, titled The Spokane River. A reviewer says, 'Running the gamut from loving impressions to far more sobering treatments by scientists, engineers, archeologists, historians, and notably by members of the Spokane Tribe, this is as complete a treatment of the river as we could hope to find in one highly readable volume, ' - John Keeble. The Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley's winter 2018/2019 Newsletter www.flsrv.org will announce next spring's seventh annual hike led by Jack Nisbet. Wonder where we will go? What new things we will learn? Looking forward to it! Aren't we all. And! special thanks to our FLSRV board of directors 'glue' – Harla Jean Biever - who coordinates these hikes.


    News
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    :: 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.
    :: Membership
    :: 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
    :: Membership
    :: Threads of Red
    Tina Wynecoop
    :: New Bench
    Kirk Neuman
    :: FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
    :: Registration for Tour and Field Trip
    :: 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER/AUCTION
    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club
    :: FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    :: ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP: A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    :: Valley Cleanup Report - 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Membership
    :: 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
    :: Remembering
    :: 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
    :: Membership
    :: 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
    :: Postmarks
    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
    :: Roundabouts
    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
    :: THANK YOU! DONORS TO 2012 FLSRV SILENT AUCTION
    :: 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
    :: Membership
    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
    Trails
    :: Proposed Little Spokane Drive Trail from Midway to Colbert Rd
    by Mark Case, Trails Chairman
    :: Trail System Section Completions
    by Mark Case
    :: Middle of Little Spokane River
    by Daniel Collins
    :: Yearly Walking Tour With Jack Nisbet
    :: ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    :: Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    :: Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    :: Pineriver Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    :: Trail Signs
    :: Trail Update
    By Lance Pounder
    :: Beavers on the Little Spokane River
    By Ro Bury
    :: SPRING FIELD TRIP with Jack Nisbet, Author/Historian
    Five Mile Prairie and the Little Spokane River MAY 10, 2014
    :: Were Friends with WSDOT and The Children of the Sun pedestrian pathway.
    :: Links to Printable 2013 Trails Maps
    :: Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    :: Trails Update
    :: County's Wandermere Road Project
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Trails Overview
    :: Trails Update
    by Lance Pounder
    :: Vandervert Trail
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: North Spokane Corridor
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Trees and Trails
    by Jim Ellis
    :: Finishing Touches on the Bridge
    by Lindell Haggin
    :: Trails
    by Martha Schaefer
    :: Art Work Drawings for Retaining Walls at Wandermere and Garden Avenue
    :: Haynes Estate Conservation Area Planting
    :: New Pedestrian-Bike Trail Needs Your Help To Find A Name
    :: 08 Trails Update
    :: Trails FAQs
    Geology / History
    :: Jack Nisbet's and FLSRV's Sixth Annual Walking Tour: Lower Hangman/Latah Creek April 29, 2018
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    :: Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    :: Bird Watching
    :: Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    :: Nesting Ospreys
    :: Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    :: Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    :: Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    :: Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
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    :: October 2016 Newsletter
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    :: Spring 2015 Newsletter
    :: November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
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    :: December 2013 Newsletter
    :: April 2013 Newsletter
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    :: June 2012 Newsletter
    :: November 2011 Newsletter
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