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49th annual Buttercup Hike at Dishman Hills

HIKING – The 49th Annual Buttercup Hike in the Dishman Hills Natural Area is set for Saturday, April 11, starting at 1 p.m. from Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Rd.

The three-hour educational walking tour will be led by Michael Hamilton, former Dishman Hills Conservancy president, retired geologist and resident naturalist.

Volunteers needed for Dishman Hills trail work

HIKING — The Dishman Hills Conservancy and Spokane Mountaineers plan to complete a new stretch of trail this weekend linking conservancy lands with the Glenrose Conservation Futures Area managed by Spokane County.

The Cliffs Trail needs another 500 feet of new construction to finish up on the 2,200 feet of trail volunteers already have completed.

Meet Saturday, Nov. 8,  at 8:30 a.m. at the Ponderosa Elementary School, 10105 E. Cimmaron Dr. in Spokane Valley to carpool to the work site.

  • Directions: From I-90 take the Argonne Exit and drive South on Argonne until it becomes Dishman-Mica Rd.  At a stoplight turn right on Schafer, pass Redeemer Lutheran Church, the 3rd road to the right will be Cimmaron.  Ponderosa Elementary is 2 blocks up Cimmaron on your right.

No trail construction experience necessary. "We have great on-the-job training in a low stress at-your-own-pace atmosphere," organizers say.

BRING:  Gloves, water, lunch, and clothes for the weather.  Most of the route is open grassland or scattered ponderosa.   A little daypack to carry things in is handy.  This will be an all-day project so bring what you need.

TOOLS:  Tools will be provided but if you have your own Pulaski, grub hoe, rake or the like, it would help extend our supply. 

RSVP: Lynn Smith, (208) 772-4337,  kslynndeb@hotmail.com.

Open house, guided hikes at Dishman Hills Saturday

CONSERVATION — Here's a prime opportunity to become acquainted or reacquainted with the Spokane Area's standout wild gem.

Members of the Dishman Hills Conservancy will be leading short hikes each hour, noon to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Jully 26, to help the public become familiar with the Spokane Valley natural area and see changes that are underway.

The open house activities will be based out of Camp Caro — south of Appleway on Sargent Road.

Buttercup Hike Saturday at Dishman Hills

NATURE – The 48th annual Buttercup Hike through the Dishman Hills Natural Area is set for Saturday, April 12, led by geologist and former Dishman Hills Conservancy president Michael Hamilton.

Meet at 1 p.m. at Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Rd., in Spokane Valley.

Pre-register at the DHC website.

Here's what the DHC says about the hike:

This long-held Dishman Hills tradition is not only a chance to look for the year's first color, but Michael will also share the history and importance of this land we are all working so hard to protect. So please join us for a fun afternoon of hiking, socializing and Buttercups!

Dishman Hills trail project needs volunteers

TRAILS — There's still time to join group that's reworking a trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Sunday, March 30.

The Washington Trails Association is teaming with the Dishman Hills Conservancy to get the job done

Get details and sign-up here.  

WTA will provide guidance and tools to the volunteers.

Workers will establish a designated trail between Camp Caro and Deep Ravine to the east of the Camp Caro Lodge. 

More WTA trail projects are planned for the Rocks of Sharon area in April and later at Mount Spokane and the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.  

Read on for details about the projects and how you can be involved.

Buttercups defy winter to pave way for spring

NATURE — Less than two weeks after single-digit temperatures chilled the region, the cheery buttercups — bold, ground-hugging harbingers of spring — were blooming in profusion around the Dishman Hills Natural area, according to Jeff Lambert of the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

Dishman Hills group leads hike in Glenrose area

TRAILS — The Dishman Hills Conservancy is leading a hike to introduce the public to recently acquired land in the Glenrose area starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (July 23).

Come join us to learn more about our goals for the Dishman Hills. This Conservation Future property was added in 2012 and is located about two miles east of Ferris High School The hike is easy to access from the urban South Hill but has outstanding views of the surrounding areas. The hike is three miles round-trip with a few short steep sections. Hiking poles recommended but not required. The hike will highlight the possible Dream Trail in the Dishman Hills. A map will be provided. 

More information and online registration: Tuesday evening hike with DHC president

Families with kids invited for hike in Dishman Hills

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.

New Dishman Hills trails

Gonzaga University student Derek Desrosier works a Pulaski on a trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area in a project organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy on April 21. He was among about 200 volunteers who showed up to help create a series of new trails. SR photo/Rich Landers

If you haven't had a chance to check out today's paper, let me bring to your attention a story by outdoors writer Rich Landers on the trails in the Dishman Hills Natural Area in Spokane Valley. Volunteers have been trying to decommission some old trails and at the same time creating several miles of new trails. But not everyone has gotten the message. People are removing the debris placed on the old trails and using them again. Read Rich's story to get the full details and see a map of the new trails.

Overhaul begins on trails in Dishman Hills Natural Area

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.

Volunteers to give key outdoor sites TLC this weekend

PUBLIC LANDS — Volunteers are planning to pick up and spruce up a couple of prized outdoors recreation features in the Spokane area this weekend.

Unveil the (Centennial) Trail, Saturday (April 20), 9 a.m.-noon

About 350 volunteers have pre-registered for the annual clean-up, working in sections to cover the entire 37.5-mile Centennial Trail from the stateline to Nine Mile Falls. The trail attracts two million visits a year.

Dishman Hills Service Day, Sunday (April 21), 9 a.m.-noon

Volunteers are signing up for the annual Earth Day cleanup and trail work in the Dishman Hills Natural Resource Conservation Area in Spokane Valley based out of Camp Caro. Organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy, new signs and kiosks are set to be installed and trail projects are being planned.

Dishman Hills Buttercup Hike April 6

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.


Dishman Hills group sets celebration, honors Hamilton

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.

Volunteers to spruce up Dishman Hills Sept. 29

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


Join the group for hikes to area’s wild spots

TRAILS — Conservation groups throughout the region are scheduling guided group hikes to introduce outdoor enthusiasts to choice wild areas throughout the region. Following are some of the upcoming options with links to see the many hikes on each group’s summer schedule.

Columbia Highlands

  • June 23: Grassy Top-Hall Mountain hike, 8 strenous miles near Sullivan Lake.
  • June 30: Clackamas Mountain hike, 10 moderate miles.

Info: Kettle Range Conservation Group.

Scotchman Peaks

  • June 30: Spar Lake archeological hike, 8 miles, with expert on Native American foraging.
  • July 7: Grouse Lake, easy hike with Native Plant Society leader.

Info: Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Dishman Hills

  • July 11: Dishman Hills Natural Area, five-mile hike including portions of area burned by 2008 wildfire.

Info: Dishman Hills Natural Area Association.

Idaho Conservation League

  • June 23: Maiden Rock, Selkirk Mountains.
  • July 7: Chilco Mountain north Of Coeur d’Alene.

Info: Idaho Conservation League Sandpoint office, (208) 265-9565.

Dishman Hills rattlesnake puts teen in hospital

WILDLIFE – A girl struck by a small rattlesnake in the Dishman Hills Natural Area required three days of hospital care despite getting to Valley Hospital for treatment within 40 minutes.

The 17 year old girl stepped off the trail while hiking with a friend in the northeast corner of the Valley natural area near 8th Avenue on June 1 and thought she was stung on the ankle by a bee.

Her father said she had no warning — perhaps she stepped on its tail — and that it wasn't until after it struck that the small snake crawled a few feet away rattling.

The snake was only 12-15 inches long. Experts say random rattlesnake bites are extremely rare. Most snake bites are the result of people trying to catch or handle the snake.

Doctors administered antivenin, but the swelling continued to get worse for 20 hours all the way up to her knee.

Doctors were at the brink of resorting to surgery to relieve the pressure when the swelling began to subside.

Two weeks later, her leg is almost normal.

Doctors gave the family this insight on rattlesnake bites during the treatment:

  • Don’t use a constricting bandage or tourniquet. “(The victim and her friend) wrapped it tightly with a handkerchief," the father said. "The doctor says this traps the poison in a small area where it can do more tissue damage.”
  • Stay calm and don’t run. The girl ran about 200 yards to get to a car. "The doctor said it’s best not to get your heart pumping.

What the youths did correctly was to get to medical help as fast as possible, he said.

“Without quick treatment with antivenin, it could have been a lot worse.”

Groups leading trips to choice wild areas from town to wilderness

TRAILS — Conservation groups throughout the region are scheduling guided group hikes to introduce outdoor enthusiasts to choice wild areas throughout the region. Following are some of the upcoming options with links to see the many hikes on each group’s summer schedule.

Columbia Highlands

  • June 8: Fir Mountain day hike, 4 miles, to viewpoints over the Sanpoil River Valley.
  • June 16: Work party to restore historic Big Lick Trail.

Info: Kettle Range Conservation Group.

Scotchman Peaks

  • June 30: Spar Lake archeological hike, 8 miles, with expert on Native American foraging.

Info: Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Dishman Hills

  • June 9: Pond ecology hike to West Ponds in the Spokane Valley natural area, led by a Gonzaga University biology professor.
  • June 13: Rocks of Sharon, six-mile hike up through the Iller Creek Conservation Area to Big Rock.

Info: Dishman Hills Natural Area Association.

Idaho Conservation League

  • June 16: Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Family Fun Hike.
  • June 23: Maiden Rock, Selkirk Mountains.

Info: ICL Sandpoint Office, (208) 265-9565.

Dishman Hills group invites public to ‘Dream’ on

PUBLIC LANDS — The Dishman Hills Alliance is inviting the public to celebrate their latest step toward securing conservation land or easements for a "Dream Trail" through the length of the Dishman Hills.

A dinner celebrating the recent 269-acre Glenrose-area Conservation Futures purchases will be held May 12 starting with socializing at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Moran Prairie Grange, 6106 S. Palouse Hwy.

The Dishman Hills Natural Area Association played an important role in securing the conservation land before it could be carved up for development.  Members of the alliance will toast their success in the decade-old effort to keep a corridor open through the hills for non-motorized travel as well as for wildlife migration.              

Then they'll talk about future plan to made the Dream Trail come true.

Part of the plan involves getting more friends to join the effort

Cost for the dinner celebration is $20 for members. The group is offering a special $10 membership online.

Big turnout Sunday to spiff up Dishman Hills

PUBLIC LANDS — ‎547 volunteers, with a boost from the Washington Trails Association, turned out Sunday to pick up, plant and route trails in the Dishman Hills Natural Area.

The project is backed by a $5,000 grant from REI to the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association.

REI prompts flurry of volunteer work at recreation area sites

Popular recreation sites around Spokane will be getting a major spring facelift this weekend from volunteer efforts supported by grants totaling $20,000 from Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Projects the Spokane outdoor equipment store is supporting in partnership with local groups include:

Centennial Trail, Saturday 9 a.m. – The 20th annual Unveil the Trail event, supported by a $5,000 REI grant to the Friends of the Centennial Trail, taps volunteer groups to spruce up sections of the 39-mile paved trail along the Spokane River. Preregister to join a group and get a free lunch, 624-7188.

Mirabeau Point boat access, Saturday, 9 a.m. – A $10,000 REI grant to the Spokane River Forum funded an overhaul of the Spokane River access for rafts, canoes and kayaks fall. Volunters plan to finish the work and prepare the area for hydroseeding, which is being funded by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.

Dishman Hills Natural Area, Sunday, 1 p.m. – Hundreds of volunteers already are signed up for the Earth Day work project to pick up litter, restore habitat, improve trails and other projects based out of Camp Caro in Spokane Valley.  The project is backed by a $5,000 grant to the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association. Preregister for t-shirt and food at www.rei.com/Spokane.

County buys 269 acres for Glenrose conservation area

CONSERVATION — The Dream Trail through the Dishman Hills of Spokane Valley has come 269 acres closer to reality this week with the purchase of two parcels in the Glenrose area.

Two adjoining parcels were purchased with $473,500 from the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program plus $257,500 donated by the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, said John Bottelli, County Parks assistant director.

"DHNAA exceeded their original pledge by ultimately covering more than the county's share of the Stone Estate acreage by $35,000," Bottelli said. "Their $257,500 represents 54 percent of the purchase price and is an incredible accomplishment for any non-profit!"

The Dishman Hills group scraped up the money and secured the property before other interests could lock it up privately.

Click here for the details on this great acquisition for future generations and how it fits into the big picture for maintaining wildlife movements and public access to wildlands in our ever-more-populated region.

Dishman Hills to get TLC; join the group

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WHAT: Dishman Hills Natural Area Cleanup, sponsored by REI.

WHEN: April 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Road, Spokane Valley

WHO: Community groups and volunteers needed.

About 340 helpers made a big difference last year in the appearance of this gem of habitat for trail hikers and wildlife in Spokane Valley.

Groups are organized for trail restoration and clean-up, noxious weed removal, tree planting and other projects.

REI and the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association organize the event and provide music and free food.

Preregister here for info and to make sure you get a T-shirt!

Dig deeper into the volunteer trail work with a full weekend project sponsored by the Washington Trails Association.

Annual Buttercup Hike Saturday at Dishman Hills

HIKING — The 46th annual Buttercup Hike led by the Dishman Hills Natural Area society is set to for Saturday, starting at noon at the Camp Caro lower parking lot.

The hike moves at a gentle pace for all to enjoy.


Dishman Hills group celebrates 45 years — with more conservation plans

The  Dishman Hills Natural Area Association is the low-key local conservation group that just keeps on giving. Consider joining the celebration and seeing what the groups in planning next.

It’s official: Big Rock acquired by Spokane County Parks

CONSERVATION — The Dream Trail through the Dishman Hills from Appleway south past Tower Mountain and Big Rock is one step closer to being a dream come true.

On Friday, the land transactions were completed with the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association selling the 80 acre Big Rock property and 10 additional acres for parking to Spokane County Parks and Recreation Department.
Parks had agreed to purchase and manage the property as part of its Conservation Futures lands along with the adjoining Iller Creek Conservation Area.
The transaction marks the beginning of the end of hassles — and tickets — Big Rock visitors have had with parking at the end of Stevens Creek Road. But the parking area isn't scheduled to be built until next year.
"We will not be constructing that parking area until next construction season (probably late-spring/early-summer)," said John Bottelli, County Parks assistant director.
He said the roadway improvements that were completed by DHNAA within the Stevens Creek right of way  provide a bit more room near the end of the road, but the county's official position is that the public should access Big Rock from the Iller Creek trailhead on Holman Road until crews are able to complete the trailhead improvements on Stevens Creek Road.
The Dishman Hills group now plans to focus on linking public access through land purchases or easements to provide a right of way for wildlife and recreationists through this great resource area in Spokane Valley.
Get the scoop and find out how you can help by attending the DHNAA 45th anniversary of land conservation celebration, Nov. 12,  at the Moran Prairie Grange, 6106 S. Palouse Highway.
Sign up on the DHNAA website.

Brush fire in Dishman Hills

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in Dishman Hills behind Savage Land Pizza. The first crews coming into the area are reporting a column of smoke.

3 p.m. update: Crews report a 50x50 slow moving fire. 

REI grants $20,000 to local outdoor efforts

CONSERVATIONSpokane’s REI store, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has recently awarded grants totaling $20,000 to non-profit groups that will leverage the money with volunteer work at several key area outdoors features in the Spokane area:

Spokane River Forum,$10,000 – for improving the river access at Mirabeau Point for paddlers and rafters and advancing the concept of a Spokane River Water Trail.

Friends of the Centennial Trail, $5,000 – to support the spring Unveil the Trail event that organizes community volunteers to clean and maintain 37 miles of the trail from the stateline to Nine Mile Falls.

Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, $5,000 – to support volunteer projects for stewardship, including the annual service day, trail maintenance, brochure creation and habitat restoration.

Volunteers to give Dishman Hills some TLC on Saturday

CONSERVATION — Friends of the Dishman Hills Natural Area in Spokane Valley are welcoming all volunteers to the end of Summer National Public Land Day event to spruce up this popular urban 'wilderness.'
Meet Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at Camp Caro (parking off Appleway and Sargent Road).

Activities will concentrate within the DHNA itself and two other trailheads.

Items to bring:

  • Work Gloves
  • Water
  • Snacks (if desired as none has been allocated for this event)

Arrangements have been made between the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association and Spokane County Parks and Recreation for the bathrooms to be open on Saturday. Eat a good breakfast to get you through the morning, but there's a rumor that doughnuts will be availablefor volunteers in the morning upon arrival at Camp Caro.

Time to join the group for the Dishman Hills

CONSERVATION — Thousands of people have enjoyed the Dishman Hills Natural Area and other conservation lands in this Spokane Valley paradise, but the association that's worked to protect and preserve the area has only about 200 members. 

Sounds like area residents are letting others do the heavy lifting.

With the Dream Trail Project, mapped above, and the need to build a parking area for public access to the more recent Rocks of Sharon acquisition, this is a good time to show  your support.

Join the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association.  And then consider an extra donation.

Questions: Contact DHNAA president Michael Hamilton (509) 747-8147.