Posts tagged: Dishman Hills Conservancy
HIKING — Parents with young children are invited on a group hike to a pond along the Edgecliff Trails in a morning outing organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
The hike starts at 9 a.m. on July 27 from Camp Caro off Appleway at Sarent Road in Spokane Valley.
Join Kathy Kalich, founder of the Inland Northwest Hikers and mother of twi hiking kids will lead a 2.8-mile walk ideal for beginner hikers or families with children. Much of the route is shaded and the leader plands to finish the hike before temperatures are too warm.
CONSERVATION — About 200 volunteers chipped in today to start a major revamping of the Dishman Hills Natural Area trail system.
Groups such as the Spokane Mountaineers and Gonzaga University student programs turned out in the Spokane Valley for the annual service day organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
Regular trail users will soon notice a big difference as new trails are built to connect a series of four larger loops while some other trails, including sections of a few well-used ones, will be decommissioned.
The effort seeks to reduce the criss-crossing of trails and provide more resting areas for wildlife.
More signs will be posed as the project continues.
Other groups today planted hundreds of trees to reforest an area near the Camp Caro parking lot off Appleway and Sargent Road.
HIKING – The 47th annual Buttercup Hike, a free family-style guided walk through the Dishman Hills Natural Area, will be led by Dishman Hills Conservancy members on April 6.
Hikers will set out on the two-hour walk at noon from the Camp Caro parking area.
OUTCONSERVE – The Dishman Hills Conservancy will celebrate 47 years of securing prized Spokane County conservation areas at the group’s annual dinner, March 23, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 315 S. Spruce in Brown’s Addition.
Special honors will go to Michael Hamilton, who’s helped open public access to the Rocks of Sharon and other areas during his 20 years as the group’s president.
Sign up for the dinner by March 19 at www.dishmanhills.org or call Mary Weathers, 448-6462.
PUBLIC LANDS — The Dishman Hills Conservancy and REI have a useful way to celebrate National Public Lands Day.
On September 29th we look to continue the wonderful efforts that were made on April 22nd (Earth Day) by our 547 volunteers. We will continue the process of noxious weed removal, placement of mulch in the lower Camp Caro parking area to aid in habitat restoration and perform trash clean-up across the properly.
Thanks to REI, we will also have a couple of t-shirts that we will be able to give away via a drawing at the event.
More information and online registration: DHNA National Public Lands Day 2012
COUNTY PARKS — The long-awaited trailhead parking area on the south side of the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area in Spokane Valley will be open to public access Friday at 3 p.m., said Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner.
Heavy equipment is still working at the site accessible from the Palouse Highway near the end of Stevens Creek Road. County Parks will be hydro-seeding, putting up signs and doing other touch-up worth at the parking area through fall, Knowles said.
The Big Rock area, adjacent to the Iller Creek Conservation Area, is prized by rock climbers and hikers. It's been secured by the county through a series of deals and purchases with help from the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
The new parking area is designed to handle school buses. It will accommodate about 30 passenger vehicles if parked in an organized fashion.
Notable restrictions include:
See a map of hiking trails accessible from Stevens Creek or from the north side Holman Road access to Iller Creek.