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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
    2018-11-01 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Please, Won't You...
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2018-11-01 Back to School
    by Kirk Neumann
    2018-10-30 Spokane County Little Spokane Drive Sewer Extension Project
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-10-28 Fairwood Farmer’s Market
    by Merry Maccini
    2018-10-27 Holiday Shopping at Amazon Smile
    0.5% donated to FLSRV for a no-cost way to support your organization
    2018-10-27 Mark Your Calendar -- 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    2018-10-27 Membership Update 2018
    2018-10-15 In Memoriam -- Merle Moberly, MD
    2018-05-21 Annual FLRSV Meeting
    2018-05-20 Membership
    2018-05-19 Water Quality
    by Lindell Haggin
    2018-05-19 What’s Happening on the Middle of The Little Spokane River?
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-05-19 2018 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    2018-05-19 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-28 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.
    2018-01-27 Membership
    2018-01-27 School Bond Vote
    2018-01-27 In Memoriam - Harold Balazs
    2018-01-27 New Board Position
    2018-01-27 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-27 School Time
    2018-01-27 Walking to School is a Smart Choice
    Spokesman-Review article. September 1, 2017 Reprinted by permission.
    2018-01-27 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
    2018-01-27 Local, Family-Owned Landmarks: Pounder’s and Pattison’s
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-25 2018 Annual Meeting
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    2017-10-24 Mark Case
    New Board Member
    2017-10-24 A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Pearkes
    Reviewed by Jack Nisbet
    2017-10-24 Living Water: Salmon's Presence
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-24 Earth Day Clean-Up of Our Valley 2017
    by Michael Kennedy
    2017-10-24 Thanks Be to the Decorator!
    2017-10-24 October Board Meeting
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2017-10-23 Sign Up for Amazon Smile
    2017-10-23 Colbert Road Trail
    by Mark Case
    2017-10-23 In Memoriam - Daniel Eugene Forsyth
    2017-04-15 Annual Meeting 2017
    2017-04-15 Valley Cleanup 2017
    2017-04-15 Land Along the Little Spokane River
    Report from Fairwood Community Leaders
    2017-04-15 Membership
    2017-04-15 Threads of Red
    Tina Wynecoop
    2017-04-15 New Bench
    Kirk Neuman
    2017-04-15 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
    2017-04-15 Registration for Tour and Field Trip
    2017-01-30 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER/AUCTION
    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club
    2017-01-29 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP: A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    2016-10-24 Valley Cleanup Report - 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2016-10-24 Membership
    2016-10-24 Conservation Future Nomination
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2016-10-16 Annual Meeting - 2016
    2016-04-11 Valley Cleanup 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2015-10-24 List of resources re: Salmon/Upper Columbia River Basin:
    2015-07-08 Warning to Pet Owners
    By Erin Kennedy, DVM
    2015-07-08 2015 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    Hosted by Allen Family Properties
    2015-07-08 Valley Cleanup
    By Michael Kennedy
    2015-07-07 2015 Annual Meeting
    2015-07-07 Proposed New Housing Development
    By Jennifer Mudge
    2015-07-00 Pine River Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Rehab Cleanup Signs -- Volunteers Needed
    By Michael Kennedy
    2014-11-30 Jack Nisbet Saltese Uplands Field Trip Coming May 2, 2015
    Mark Your Calendar!
    2014-11-30 Wildlife Highway
    By Jack and Ro Bury
    2014-11-30 Pioneer of Our Valley
    By Dana Davis Kelly
    2014-11-30 Where a Wind Blew . . .
    By Harla Jean Biever New Hope Resource Center Board Member
    2014-11-30 Membership Renewal
    2014-06-19 Drama on the Little Spokane
    By Lindell Haggin
    2014-06-19 Remembering
    2014-06-19 Board Member Michael Kennedy
    2014-06-19 What Was In Grandpas Trunk
    By Harla Jean Heiser Biever
    2014-06-19 Annual Meeting
    2014-06-19 Valley Cleanup 2014
    By Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-31 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    2013-12-30 Serving Our Communities
    by Harla Jean Biever, President
    Board New Hope Resource Center
    2013-12-30 Augy Augustine
    In Memoriam
    2013-12-30 Our New bridge
    by Martha Schaefer
    2013-12-30 Is Your Last Rose Of Summer Going To The Deer?
    2013-12-30 Looking Back
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Trails To The Library(s)
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Valley Cleanup 2013
    by Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-30 Apex Industries make Herons for New Bridge
    2013-12-30 Mark Your Calendar - Jack Nisbet Walking Tour
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 Membership
    2013-04-27 Annual Spring Cleanup
    Saturday, April 27th -- 9:30 am
    2013-04-25 In Memoriam
    2013-04-25 Annual Meeting
    by Martha Schaefer, Vice President
    2013-04-25 Thank You 2013 Donors For Auction Items!
    We Did Great!
    2013-04-25 PET Project Spreads Mobility
    by Cindy Hval
    Article Courtesy of Spokesman-Review
    2013-04-25 Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet
    2013-04-25 Come See The Butterflies!
    2013-04-25 Memorial Bricks
    by Harla J. Biever
    2013-04-25 Work Day At Camp Dart-Lo
    2013-04-25 Postmarks
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 A Look Back at FLSRV History
    by Martha Schafer, Board Vice-President
    2012-11-16 Mark Your Calendar For Our 2013 Annual Meeting
    2012-11-16 We're Adopting!
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 Bravo for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge
    by Lance Pounder, President
    2012-11-16 Little Spokane River Bridge No. 3602 Replacement Project Update for Fall of 2012
    2012-11-16 Cottonwood Trees in North Spokane County
    by W.G. Magnuson
    2012-11-16 Delay Pruning To Help Wildlife Now
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-11-16 Spokane Fish Hatchery
    by Kirk Newmann
    2012-07-27 Second Annual Hike With Jack Nisbet
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-07-26 Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    2012-07-26 Pine River Park Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2012-07-26 Oldest Barn in Spokane County?
    by W.G. Magnuson, Jr.
    2012-07-26 Spring is for the Birds (and Birders)!
    by Lindell Haggin
    2012-07-25 Roundabouts
    by Jack Bury
    2012-06-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-06-26 2012 Annual Meeting
    by Tina Wynecoop, Auction Chairman
    2012-06-26 Thank You! FLSRV 2012 Auction Donors
    2012-06-26 A Little History
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2012-06-26 Water Quality
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-05-25 Walking Tour May 12, 2012
    Roberta Ellis, FLSRV Member
    2012-04-03 State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation, Conservation Grant Applications
    2012-04-03 THANK YOU! DONORS TO 2012 FLSRV SILENT AUCTION
    2012-03-05 WTA Work Parties 2012
    2011-12-28 2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-27 Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced
    by Marla Schaeffer
    2011-12-27 Walking Tour Review
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-12-26 86,400 Seconds
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2011-12-26 Better Dead Than Alive?
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    2011-02-16 The Way It Was: History Along Our Organizations Namesake
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-02-16 The Smell of Home
    by Carole Mack From: Diggings.org
    2011-02-07 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, March 5, 2011
    2011-02-07 What is Conservation Futures
    by Martha Schaefer
    2011-02-07 FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase
    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV
    2011-02-07 A River Flows Through It
    by Bart Haggin
    2011-02-07 Pine River Park Help Keep it Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-02-07 County Bridge Upgrades
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2011-02-07 Spring Cleanup Date Announced
    Saturday, April 16 Starting at 9:00am.
    2011-02-07 Little Spokane Artists Plan Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2011-01-11 Team from 3 Counties Presents Gardening Workshop
    Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    2010-09-22 3rd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2010-06-22 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2010-06-22 New Board Members Elected
    by Kirk Neumann
    2010-06-22 Annual Meeting Held
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Pine River County Park
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 General Service Modifications for 2010 Park Season
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 Mt. Spokane, The Little Spokane River, Rock Cairn Vision Quest Sites and a Poem
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Membership
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2009-09-21 Cleanup Day Report
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-21 An Amazing CBC (Christmas Bird Count) Adventure Story
    by Jeanne Dammarell
    2009-09-21 2nd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2009-09-21 2009 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-02-13 US Highway 2 to the Wandermere Vicinity North Spokane Corridor: Wall Architectural Treatment
    Trails
    2018-11-03 Changes May Be Coming to WDFW Waikiki Springs Property
    by Landon Eaton Crecelius
    2018-10-28 How to Be a Hero Along The Middle of The Little Spokane
    by Rob Allen, Fairwood Farmers Market Director
    2018-05-19 Proposed Little Spokane Drive Trail from Midway to Colbert Rd
    by Mark Case, Trails Chairman
    2018-01-27 Trail System Section Completions
    by Mark Case
    2018-01-27 Middle of Little Spokane River
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-01-27 Yearly Walking Tour With Jack Nisbet
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    2016-10-28 Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2015-07-08 Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-01 New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    2014-11-30 Pineriver Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Trail Signs
    2014-11-30 Trail Update
    By Lance Pounder
    2014-06-19 Beavers on the Little Spokane River
    By Ro Bury
    2014-04-04 SPRING FIELD TRIP with Jack Nisbet, Author/Historian
    Five Mile Prairie and the Little Spokane River MAY 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 Were Friends with WSDOT and The Children of the Sun pedestrian pathway.
    2013-12-30 Links to Printable 2013 Trails Maps
    2012-11-16 Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    2012-06-26 Trails Update
    2011-12-27 County's Wandermere Road Project
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-01-01 Trails Overview
    2010-06-22 Trails Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-22 Vandervert Trail
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-09-21 North Spokane Corridor
    by Michael Kennedy
    2009-09-21 Trees and Trails
    by Jim Ellis
    2009-09-21 Finishing Touches on the Bridge
    by Lindell Haggin
    2009-09-21 Trails
    by Martha Schaefer
    2009-08-17 Art Work Drawings for Retaining Walls at Wandermere and Garden Avenue
    2009-02-13 Haynes Estate Conservation Area Planting
    2009-02-13 New Pedestrian-Bike Trail Needs Your Help To Find A Name
    2009-02-13 08 Trails Update
    2009-02-11 Trails FAQs
    Geology / History
    2018-11-05 Murder at Greenleaf Farm: The Tragic Downfall of Theodore Cushing and His Ties to Francis H. Cook and Wandermere Golf Course
    by Ty Brown
    2018-10-28 Wandermere Golf Course: Legacy on the Little Spokane River
    2018-05-19 Jack Nisbet's and FLSRV's Sixth Annual Walking Tour: Lower Hangman/Latah Creek April 29, 2018
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2016-10-27 "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-10 Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    2009-02-13 Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    2014-12-30 Bird Watching
    2011-12-26 Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    2009-02-15 Nesting Ospreys
    2009-02-13 Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    2009-02-13 Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    2012-04-05 Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    2018-10-28 The Dreamer and the Doctor
    by author Jack Nisbet
    2009-04-14 Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
    2018-10-28 October 2018 Newsletter
    2018-05-19 May 2018 Newsletter Download as PDF
    2018-01-27 January 2018 Newsletter
    2017-10-24 October 2017 Newsletter
    2017-04-15 Spring 2017 Newsletter
    2016-10-28 October 2016 Newsletter
    2016-02-06 January 2016 Newsletter
    2015-07-07 Spring 2015 Newsletter
    2014-11-30 November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
    2014-06-19 June 2014 Newsletter PDF
    2013-12-30 December 2013 Newsletter
    2013-04-25 April 2013 Newsletter
    2012-11-16 November 2012 Newsletter
    2012-07-26 June 2012 Newsletter
    2011-12-27 November 2011 Newsletter
    2011-02-07 January 2011 Newsletter
    2010-06-21 June 2010 Newsletter
    2009-09-15 September 2009 - Fall Newsletter
    2009-02-13 January 2009 - Winter Newsletter

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