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What’s Happening on the Middle of The Little Spokane River?

by Daniel Collins

Volunteers we have an upcoming stewardship planting event for all volunteers on Waikiki Springs and its scheduled for May 12th from 9Am-12 noon; meet at the northern end of Fairwood Drive near Mill Road! Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting this event. The event was added, following a poorturnout of volunteers on April 28th. Did rain dampen spirits? if so, pray for sun or community inspiration on the 12th, we need to plant 25 trees and shrubs.

For context, our trails around the Springs have had a hillside of trail cuts! By addressing the worst problems, we hope to reduce the erosion. We, through the Fairwood Farmers Market began addressing needed repair to the switchbacks within Waikiki Springs in October and felt that a consistent volunteer effort in fall and spring months would change the occasional poor behavior on these trails. Planting trees on public lands also contributes to a greater understanding of ecology and helps Fish and Wildlife staff focus on bigger issues. In fact, the synergy with current Wildlife staff have generated a brainstorm list of ideas, and momentum; SOS is part of this. Between three of us on the 28th, we repaired three lower trail cuts with large wood, mulch, and plants. We have another 3 hours of work on May 12th which will wrap up the lower trail cuts. Come down and assist and learn more about planning efforts here! Please contact Daniel Collins if you can attend:

Could the Waikiki Springs properties and other private properties become candidates for Washington State Parks management?

In February, Washington State Parks staged community meetings in north Spokane to explain the process of expanding their management interest and long term boundary designation to include more of the Little Spokane River; for planning purposes. Many testimonies were given which reflected current conditions and a love of the area as a public resource.

State Parks is coming back! Excerpts below:

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a meeting on the preliminary recommendations for the Lake Spokane area of Riverside State Park – (we understand this includes the Little Spokane River).

May 15, 6:00 to 8:30 pm Mead High School library 302 W Hastings Rd, Spokane, WA 99218

Also, The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Hotel RL Spokane at the Park, 303 W North River Drive, Spokane, Washington.

At the meeting, the Commission will hear a report on the Riverside CAMP, updating on information gathered, issues raised and preliminary staff recommendations. No action will be taken. The discussion is scheduled for approximately 1:45 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to provide comment. If you want to provide written comment regarding the item, please send it to before May 11 by 5:00 p.m.

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