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Spokane County to purchase 231 acres for trails, habitat preservation

Spokane County is purchasing more than 231 acres of land south of the Antoine Peak Conservation Area that could provide hiking trails and preserve the area’s wildlife habitat.


Who pays for the region’s parks, playgrounds and natural areas?

Rambling across the thousands of acres of pristine nature or tumbling over playground equipment in Spokane-area parks, you might wonder, “Who’s paying for all this?”


Saltese Uplands trail undergoing upgrade

Mountain bikers have been applying acquired expertise and skill to a new trail at Saltese Uplands Conservation area in Spokane Valley.


Diamond in the rough: Mica Peak Conservation Area transitioning to public use

The Federal Aviation Administration’s white navigational radar dome has drawn attention to the summit of Mica Peak since it was built by the Air Force in the 1950s. Now the …


Spokane County Conservation Futures nominations revealed

The latest round of properties nominated for acquisition in the


Sisters of the Holy Names property gains top billing for conservation

Land that includes 4,500 feet of shoreline along the Spokane River, just two miles from downtown Spokane, was given the highest conservation priority by Spokane County commissioners Tuesday. Appraisers will …


Editorial: Riverfront deal is doubly divine

Prospective property purchase along Spokane River would aid land conservation, low-income housing and foster children.


Landers: Snowshoeing gains in popularity and access across the region

Explaining the growing popularity of snowshoeing, Mark Beattie of Mountain Gear says it all comes down to a 10-step program for learning the sport. “All you have to do is …


Catholic Charities to purchase convent buildings, part of property along Spokane River

Catholic Charities Spokane will purchase part of the 67-acre campus along the Spokane River belonging to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.


Mica Peak trail system in the works for land acquired through conservation program

Over the past two decades, Spokane County taxes have paid for the preservation of more than 7,600 acres of wildlands that faced private development. Park planners say acquisition of lands …


Newman Lake conservation area growing

Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have more trails and wildlife to discover on the banks of Newman Lake. Spokane County is in final negotiations to buy 41 acres adjacent to the …


Landers: Volunteers serve as unheralded heroes of our trails

With little fanfare this season, volunteers packing saws, brush cutters and Pulaskis made our piece of heaven a better place. The trails they built or maintained in county conservation areas, …


County commissioners to consider three properties for future conservation

Three properties near parks or other conservation land could be moved into top priority for acquisition by Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program, including acreage near Tuscan Ridge on the South …


Commission to vote on Mica Peak trailhead deal

Spokane County parks officials have worked out a property deal to create an access point for people who want to use the new Mica Peak Conservation Area on the west …


Commission to vote on Mica Peak trailhead deal

Spokane County parks officials have worked out a property deal to create an access point for people who want to use the new Mica Peak Conservation Area on the west …


Group hoping county will buy, preserve section of South Hill

A group of Spokane residents is asking Spokane County to save a 23-acre piece of South Hill bluff from a condominium development. Friends of the Bluff wants the county’s Conservation …


County updating five-year plan for parks

Spokane County expects to have $23 million over the next five years to pursue Conservation Futures land purchases, park improvements and recreation projects countywide. An update of the county’s parks, …


2013 outdoors: land acquired for conservation

Wildlife and public access to wild lands in Washington got a boost in 2013 from a variety of private, local and state land acquisitions for conservation and wildlife values. The …


County to buy acreage near peak

A 9.5-acre piece of land next to the Antoine Peak Conservation Area is being acquired by Spokane County after the owners asked the county to buy it. County commissioners on …


Picking favorite hike difficult choice for author

“What’s your favorite hike?” Being a guidebook author who’s explored Inland Northwest trails for more than three decades, I’m regularly asked that question by hikers.


Local Trail Angel: Mark Pinch

A choice natural area preserve for hikers was preserved with the help of a man who makes his living securing choice areas for development.


Conservation fund wants to buy Mica Peak, Williams Lake sites

Spokane County’s reserve of conservation land is likely to increase by nearly 1,000 acres with two new additions to the Conservation Futures program. County commissioners are being asked to approve …


Local trail groups unite

The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders involved in trails-related efforts for the annual “state of the trails” presentations starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at …


Getting There: Dishman Hills conservation holdings get name

A series of properties open for public access in the Dishman Hills area has become a haven for hikers as well as a sanctuary for wildlife just miles from Spokane …


Field reports: Auction to feature antlers seized from poachers

POACHING – Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is giving people a chance to get a nice rack, even if they’re not hunters. Nearly 1,000 antlers seized from poachers over …


2011 OUTDOORS: Lingering snow, high water affects boaters, anglers, bears

Spring lasted about five months in the Inland Northwest in 2011. Whitewater river rafters enjoyed their longest season in years, but most Montana fishing guides weren’t so thrilled. Fishing trips …


Saltese Uplands acquired with Conservation Futures funds

Soon area hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will have another natural area to explore. Just a mile south of Interstate 90’s Barker Road exit, the recently completed trails at Saltese …


Washington Trails volunteers clear way for hikers, bikers

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has …


Land deal gets OK

For the second time in a month, Spokane County commissioners have jumped at bargain-priced conservation land offered by the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association. Commissioners tentatively approved a deal in …


Big Rock purchase allows for parking

County commissioners enthusiastically agreed Tuesday to buy Big Rock and build a parking lot. The deal to acquire the popular rock-climbing and hiking area and make it publicly accessible reflected …