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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.

• We cleaned litter from many miles of roadways and trails in April for Earth Day and because we care.

• We monitored the water quality of three streams monthly for Spokane Conservation District: Little Spokane, Little Deep Creek, Deadman (Peone) Creek.

• We picked up litter along a section of WSDOT’s “Children of the Sun Trail” four times (located between Wandermere Frontage Road and Highway 2) from April through October.

• We wrote letters to our county commissioners regarding the proposed opening up of gun ranges in our Valley’s “no-shooting” area to allow shooting. (Noise pollution obeys no parcel lines). The result of this opposition was that the proposal was withdrawn by the sponsor for the change.

• We held our annual meeting, dinner, and fundraiser at Wandermere Golf Course. Board member Lindell Haggin displayed her wonderful photos of wildlife and nature observed along the Little Spokane River.

• We raised $1,875 for our non-profit organization’s account in order to forward work with trails, signage, and communications.

• We collaborated with, and provided funding to support, Fairwood’s “Middle of the Little” organization for their work to preserve the LSR natural area below Bozarth Mansion/Waikiki Springs.

• We prepared semi-annual newsletters full of information relevant to our LSR Valley community.

• We advised the county road engineers of the need for crosswalks/signage to enable safe pedestrian passage across busy roads near Pine River Park and the new trail at the base of Colbert Road.

• We attended nine FLSRV board meetings and planning sessions.

• We invited and listened to Mead School District School Superintendent, Dr. Rockefeller, explain the challenges and pressures our school district faces with unchecked population growth.

• We maintained a website loaded with historic information, photos, and e-newsletters.

• We invited members and friends to attend another annual fundraiser: where we accompanied author Jack Nisbet in exploring the geology, flora and fauna of Reardan’s Audubon Lakes.

• We refurbished three informational kiosks: at Cincinnati/LSDrive, and at both entrances to the Haynes Conservation Area.

• We provided bags for the doggie doo dispensers installed along the trails.

• We installed FLSRV signage along the recently completed Wandermere Frontage Road pedestrian trail which now completes the connection between Wandermere Bridge and the Hatch Road trail system. (The developer of the apartment complex funded/constructed the trail.)

• We successfully supported opposition to a proposed exemption to the no-shooting area along Little Spokane Drive.

• We forgot to mention in last year’s list of on-going accomplishments our involvement with the county when three bridges were replaced: Dartford, Golden Road, and Wandermere Bridges. We wanted our bridges to be designed to enhance the community’s connection to, and awareness of, the Little Spokane River. Walkways, aesthetics, visibility, and design were included in our participation with the county engineers.

• We funded, designed and built a 900′ pedestrian connector trail from Colbert Road Bridge to Little Spokane Drive. 

We look forward to 2018! When you join this organization you help to promote ongoing projects as opportunities arise. If not already a  member, please consider joining our neighborhood family. Membership form here.

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