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Last day to buy tickets for Brews Cruise!


Bikes, beers, and bands. What more could you really want?

How about beavers?

Tomorrow is the 4th Annual Brews Cruise, brought to you buy The Lands CouncilThe route is an accessible bike ride along the Spokane River, starting in East Central and heading through downtown Spokane. They will visit important areas of interest, showcasing their efforts in river toxics outreach, urban ecology, education and restoration.

Check in starts at Ramblin' Road Craft Brewery (730 N Columbus St). Then you'll embark on a route to Perry Street Brewing - food trucks will be present - where you will receive a dollar off your first brew. The ride continue to the Saranac Public House rooftop for their all-day Sunday Happy Hour, and afterwards return to Ramblin’ Road where there will be live music and $3 for your first beer!

​Buy your tickets HERE.

Tuesday Video: Free Screening of Gasland Part II at the Bing

Too Far North Productions and The Lands Council invite citizens who are concerned about the negative impacts of “Fracking” to attend this free screening of film, Gasland Part II, on September 24th at 7:00pm.

This is the follow-up to the Oscar Nominated Gasland. Filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Gasland Part II, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that “fracked” wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy."

Trailer after the jump. 

Results from Spokane Teachers Credit Union e-statement challenge
















You may recall that Spokane Teachers Credit Union invited members
, from Earth Day (April 22) to June 30, to change their paper statements to fast e-statements. The hitch was that for every paper statement members converted to e-statements, STCU promised to buy a tree for a local reforestation project.

The results came back and they are pretty impressive. In less than 10 weeks, members switched more 1,708 month-end statements.

- 1,708 new trees ready to be planted along local waterways.

- Reduction of 41,000 sheets of paper, enough to form a ribbon seven miles long.

- Nearly $1,000 saved on stamps, envelopes, and printing of paper statements.

Mt. Spokane State Park hike with conservation coalition on July 19th


Here's a cool learning opportunity that will get you outside. The Lands Council is hosting a hike to view the old growth forest threatened by ski expansion and to impart more understanding of the issue as they walk along the service road for 5 miles round trip. It will last about four to five hours.

Amateur and professional naturalists will be available to answer any questions you have about the flora and fauna on Mt. Spokane.

Speakers include Mike Petersen from the The Lands Council, Jeff Lambert from Spokane Moutaineers and Chris Bachman from the Sierra Club Upper Columbia River Group. They will discuss the ski expansion called the PASEA and how it’s detrimental to Spokane’s natural habitat, their vision for Mt. Spokane, and the recent legal case their coalition won. For more information, you can check out savemtspokane.org

They're asking you please bring a lunch, water, camera, and a friend. There will be a lunch break at the old growth stop and turn back afterwards. 

“Word To Your Mother” climate rally this Saturday in Riverfront Park

"Word To Your Mother”, a Mother’s Day celebration aimed at raising awareness for gloval issues will feature short rally speeches by local advocates and elected officials, drumming and a Round Dance performed by the Idle No More Drummers, and a free concert by the Real Life Rockaz and other local bands. It's Mother Earth, after all.

Sponsored and organized by the Backbone Campaign, Center For Justice, Coal Free Spokane, Idle No More, The Lands Council, Occupy Spokane, Progressive Democrats of Washington, Save Our Wild Salmon, Sierra Club, Spokane Coalition Builders, Spokane Riverkeeper, Spokane Tribe and Wild Idaho Rising Tide, “Word To Your Mother” is a follow-up rally and event to the February 17th, “FORWARD ON CLIMATE” rally in Riverfront Park that was held in conjunction with the largest climate change rally in U.S. history held that day in Washington D.C. and satellite events around the world.

The rally portion of “Word To Your Mother” will be Emceed by Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof of the Unitarian Universalist Church and will feature short, three-minute speeches by Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder, Walter Kloefkorn of Progressive Democrats of Washington, Mike Petersen of The Lands Council, Bart Mihailovich of Spokane Riverkeeper, Deb Abrahamson from the SHAWL Society, Renee Holt from Idle No More, Helen Yost from Wild Idaho Rising and community leader Bart Haggin rounding out the rally.

25 groups call for protecting wolverines

WILDLIFE — The Lands Council based in Spokane joined 24 other environmental groups today in calling for the federal government to protect wolverines under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the wolverine as a “threatened” species under the ESA primarily because of habitat fragmentation and losses from climate change. Wolverines, the rarest carnivore in the lower 48 states, depend on late spring snow for travel and protection of denning sites.

A list of the environmental groups and their common comments are posted here.

 Additional threats to the species include an exceptionally small and vulnerable population size in the Lower 48 – where the entire population is no more than 250-300 individuals – and mortality from trapping, which is legal on a limited basis in states such as Montana.

Today the Western Environmental Law Center organize and presented the comments for the groups. “We are supportive of the Service’s long-overdue proposal to protect wolverine under the ESA," said Matthew Bishop, attorney and lead author of the comments.  Bishop is in the Helena field office of the WELC, wich is based in Eugene.

Calling it "a huge step in the right direction, Bishop said, "the proposed rule does not go far enough to ensure the long-term survival and recovery of the species.  The groups say the wolverine should be given the more protective "endangered" status.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union helps tree planting effort with the Lands Council

I'm a little late in reporting this Earth Day news but last Monday the Spokane Teachers Credit Union launched a cool campaign for members who want to switch to paper-saving electronic account statements. Why is it so cool other than simply saving paper?  It will actually help plant trees. 

From STCU: For every member who makes the switch from paper statements to e-statements between April 22 and June 30, STCU will donate the money to plant one tree along Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek (also called Latah Creek). Work will be done in North Idaho, as well, although exact locations have not been selected.

The work is being organized by the Lands Council, which hopes to plant 5,000 trees through its Project SUSTAIN. STCU hopes enough members make the switch to e-statements by June 30 to provide at least 1,000 of those trees.

Up to 400 Inland Northwest high school students will help plant the trees, said Amanda Swan, Lands Council director of development and communications. Students from Mead Alternative School, The Community School, On Track Academy, Lewis and Clark High School, Coeur d’Alene High School and Post Falls High School and St. Maries High School will participate.

Go paperless and Credit Union will plant a tree

CONSERVATION — A local credit union is linking a promotion to the roots of conservation.

Starting today — Earth Day — Spokane Teachers Credit Union members who switch to paper-saving electronic account statements will be helping plant trees and educating studens about conservation.

For every member who makes the switch from paper statements to e-statements between April 22 and June 30, STCU will donate the money to plant one treealong Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek (also called Latah Creek). Work will be done in North Idaho, as well, although exact locations have not been selected.

The work is being organized by The Lands Council, which plans on planting 5,000 trees through its Project SUSTAIN.

Up to 400 Inland Northwest high school students will help plant the trees, said Amanda Swan, Lands Council director of development and communications. Students from Mead Alternative School, The Community School, On Track Academy, Lewis and Clark High School, Coeur d’Alene High School and Post Falls High School and St. Maries High School will participate.

“The benefits are in reducing erosion in the watershed,” Swan said. “Tree planting helps stabilize stream banks, reducing sediments and toxics from entering our watersheds and eventually the Spokane River. There’s a public health benefit that goes beyond doing something great for the environment and planting trees.”

Volunteers still needed for Reforest Spokane Day

The Lands Council is bringing back a favorite event and they need your support! Help them plant 5,000 trees for the second annual "Reforest Spokane Day" on Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

This community event requires many volunteers of all ages to help plant. You can sign up for one of their five planting locations throughout town:

- Slavin Conservation area (located off Hwy 195) South

- Haynes Estate Conservation area (located near Wandermere Golf course) North

- Campion Park (located off Hwy 195 near Hangman Creek) South

- Whitworth University site North

- Dishman Hills Natural Area Valley

Interested in having a picnic with beavers on Sunday?

 

This Sunday, join The Lands Council for an afternoon of fun and hands-on learning activities focused on nature’s engineer:  The Beaver! This event is suitable for kids of all ages. They willl take you on an easy hike to some infamous beaver dams, making stops along the way for demonstrations and activities including a tree planting. 

But did you answer yes to the headline? Of course you did. They're excited to announce you'll have the opportunity to meet a live beaver. The Lands Council happens to be in the middle of a relocation and they are happy to introduce you their engineering friend.

The event is free and it's this Sunday, September 23rd from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Lake County Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Rd. More details after the jump.

The Lands Council sets date for 2nd Annual Brews Cruise

Bikes, beers, and bands. What more could you really want?

How about beavers?

The Lands Council's Brews Cruise returns August 26th. The route is a nine mile bike ride along the Spokane River, into the West Central neighborhood and through downtown Spokane. They will visit three important areas of interest, showcasing their efforts in river toxics outreach, urban ecology, education and restoration.

From the Lands Council: This year, we're starting and ending at the Saranac Public House, located at 25 W. Main (Free meter parking on Sundays!). When we set out as a group, we’ll make our way along the Spokane river and through Gonzaga area to our first bar stop at Litz’s Bar & Grill, home to Spokane’s largest bar patio and volleyball court! Then it’s off to West Central for a view of Hangman Creek flowing into the Spokane River, a great example of our restoration efforts. After, we’ll head to Sidebar and Grill for another pitstop and great drink specials, before cruising into Riverfront Park to discuss our Urban Forestry efforts. Finally, we’ll head back to the Saranac for an after-party featuring live music from the Terrible Buttons!

Lands Council gets shout-out in The Atlantic magazine

I'm a little late to this party but if you pick up the June issue of The Atlantic - which I will always call the Atlantic Monthly - check out "Leave It To Beavers," an article about the environmental benfits of beavers which mentions our own local group, The Lands Council.

Here's an excerpt: Eastern Washington, where Amanda Parrish and her team are implementing their “Beaver Solution,” is today home to about 50,000 beavers, compared with a onetime high of perhaps 5 million. Because of rising temperatures, the snowpack is melting earlier and earlier in springtime, causing trillions of gallons of fresh water to gush down from the mountains, overwhelming streams and sluicing over the ground too fast to nourish the ecosystem.

Repopulating such a large region with beavers is exceptionally complex. The dense forests that beavers once inhabited no longer cover the range, so reintroduced families have limited options for homes. And beavers, being wild animals, don’t always stay put. But each new family integrated into the ecosystem makes the job easier, stemming the loss of fresh water and creating habitat suitable for more beavers. So far, Parrish and her team have moved 45 beavers into the area. Their thinking is simple, and especially compelling as the Earth warms and droughts become more prevalent: where there are beavers, there is water.
  

Amanda Parrish and Joe Cannon from the Lands Council. Image courtesy of Martinez Beavers

Idaho once had Beaver Airborne Mission

WILDLIFE — The Lands Council based in Spokane is getting more press about its efforts to reintroduce beavers in select areas to restore watersheds naturally.  

A recent story in The Atlantic magazine mentions TLC Beaver Solution project in relationship to national beaver restoration efforts that date back at least to 1928. 

One of the more intriguing tidbits in the story is the 1940s Idaho Fish and Game Department project to introduce beavers in remote areas — by parachute.

In the 1940s, Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game embarked on an effort both larger in scale and kookier in method. Finding long, dusty overland trips too hard on the beavers, the department instead packed pairs of the animals into crates, loaded them onto airplanes bound for drought-stricken corners of the state, and dropped them by parachute. (The crates were rigged to open on impact.) The endeavor was apparently a success: a 1950 report notes that of the 76 beavers airdropped in the fall of 1948, only one fell to its death; the others began building dams and homes and founding colonies, which can grow as large as a dozen or so beavers.

Mt. Spokane ski expansion plan comment ends Tuesday

PUBLIC LANDS — A years-old effort to expand lift-assisted skiing to the “back side” of Mount Spokane State Park will enter its final stage with Tuesday’s deadline for public comment on environmental impacts.

Details are on the Washington State Parks planning website.

Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has been seeking permission from Washington State Parks to add a lift and expand the downhill ski area into the forested northwest side of the mountain. Ski area managers say they need to expand their terrain to remain competitive with other area ski resorts.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists have warned that clearing ski runs could impact wetlands and other wildlife habitat in the remaining third of the upper mountain not already impacted by the ski area.

Groups such as The Lands Council, Spokane Mountaineers and Sierra Club oppose the expansion, saying the resort should spend money upgrading existing facilities rather than invading an intact forest and meadows favored by backcountry skiers.

Comments should be directed to:

Project lead: Randy Kline, Environmental Program Manager
E-mail: randy.kline@parks.wa.gov 

Mail: P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Also underway, the State Parks Commission is seeking input about the future of Washington State Parks  including Mount Spokane and Riverside State Park.

Links:

Mt. Spokane Ski Area Expansion

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park

Mt. Spokane Coalition

Washington State Parks – Beyond 2013

Colville travel plan appealed by 3 regional conservation groups

PUBLIC LANDS — Getting no satisfaction from a letter of concern to the forest supervisor, three Washington-based conservation groups have appealed a Colville National Forest travel plan designating where ATVs, motorcycles and other off-highway vehicles can go at the south end of the 1.1 million acre forest.

The Lands Council, the Kettle Range Conservation Group and Conservation Northwest filed the appeal last week, charging among other things that the plan rewards lawbreaking OHV riders by legitimizing trails that were illegally made.

The groups sent a letter to Supervisor Laura Jo West on Dec. 22 expressing several concerns about the South End Project.

The supervisor replied that her decision would stand as is.

A click a day: Help The Lands Council win a grant

CONSERVATIONThe Lands Council of Spokane is ranking high in a national online contest for a grant from Tom's of Maine the help reforest areas of Spokane — to provide much-needed shade, reduce traffic noise and beautify our city.

But the group needs more supporters to go online daily through Sept. 13 and click to give the effort a vote.

The Lands Council website has details on the contest and how you can help the reforestation campaign — but mainly, go here to vote for the Lands Council.

The Lands Council makes the front page of the Wall Street Journal



Call it proof of Paul Haeder's precognition
that the Wall Street Journal covered the Lands Council's amazing Team Beaver project in a front page story called "With trouble on the range, ranchers wish they could leave it to the beavers."

I can see Gordon Gekko investing in the Lands Council right now but this seriously rocks.

Reporter Joel Millman spent some time with Team Beaver during their most recent relocation and put together a pretty awesome article and video about the Lands Council and the work they've done in the past two years through The Beaver Solution.

Brews Cruise registration reminder - this is your last day to get a T-Shirt!


Bikes, beers, and bands. What more could you really want?

Next Sunday Aug. 28th at 1 pm is the First Annual Brews Cruise and benefit concert to support The Lands Council.  Today is the last day to register and guarantee yourself a T-shirt for the event. (They will not be cutting off registration until the day of the event. Those who register after today, Aug. 19th, may have to wait until the week following the event for their shirt.)

Click here to register today
.

The Brews Cruise is a 7.5 mile bike ride along the Spokane River, starting at Northern Lights Brewery through downtown, into Browne’s Addition and more. This leisurely ride will visit three important areas of interest, like tree planting sites, examples of their restoration work and even a beaver habitat.

Get ready for the “No Docks At The Rocks” river rally this Sunday


Here's a good question: Do you want 30 docks defacing pristine shoreline and threatening native redband trout on the Spokane River? No! But that is exactly what could happen if the Coyote Rock Development plans go through to install up to 30 homeowner docks along the river with a proposed residential development located downstream of Plante’s Ferry and above Centennial Trail (Denny Ashlock) Bridge. 

A local consortium of recreation, environmental and conservation groups have joined forces to promote a River Rally protest that’s about both celebrating summer and making a clear statement: No Docks at the Rock. Event organizers include Spokane Riverkeeper, the Lands Council, Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club, Futurewise, Trout Unlimited, Northwest Whitewater Association and Gonzaga University Environmental Law Clinic.

The rally will take place this Sunday, August 21st from noon to 2:00 p.m. Put in will be at Plante’s Ferry. Check Facebook for more event details. It's an on-the-water protest and a chance to get out in the sun and send a message about docks.

The reason for opposing this development is both ecological and aesthetic.

The Lands Council is in 3rd place so far in the Toms Of Maine challenge!




Update: The Lands Council is still in THIRD PLACE in the 50 States for Good challenge presented by Toms of Maine! Please vote every day through Sept. 13th. You won't be cheating by doing so, trust me.

Here is what you're voting for, and yes, I will be reminding you constantly to vote:

The Lands Council
is excited to announce that their project, "Reforest Spokane Day," has been chosen as one of 20 finalists in Tom's of Maine's 50 States for Good challenge.

What exactly does this mean? This means that should the project win - Tom's of Maine will grant the funds to plant: 10,000 native Ponderosa Pines with the help of 500 Volunteers in ONE SINGLE DAY Right HERE is Spokane!!

No Docks At The Rock

From the Spokane River Forum: A consortium of recreation, environmental and conservation groups have joined forces to promote a River Rally that’s about both celebrating summer and making a clear statement: No Docks at the Rock. “If it floats, you’re ready” say event organizers that include Spokane Riverkeeper, the Lands Council, Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club, Futurewise, Trout Unlimited, Northwest Whitewater Association and Gonzaga University Environmental Law Clinic.



Image courtesy of Center For Justice.

The rally will take place Sunday, August 21st from noon to 2:00 p.m. Put in will be at Plante’s Ferry. Click here for flyer with event details.

What unites these groups and their members is opposition to Coyote Rock Development plans to install up to 30 homeowner docks along the river. The proposed residential development is located downstream of Plante’s Ferry and above Centennial Trail (Denny Ashlock) Bridge. Click here to see location .

This is how you celebrate International Beaver Day

Here's a question: Where do you want to be on International Beaver Day? If you said celebrating with the Lands Council's Team Beaver at Zola from 4:30-6:00pm, a drink is in order. Amanda Parrish and Joe Cannon, who were recently featured in Spokane CDA Living Magazine written by DTE's very own Paul Haeder, will be there to give updates on TLC's Beaver Project and answer any and all beaver-related questions. So bring your beaver one-liners. It's a dam good idea.

  

The Future Of Mt. Spokane

How did a season go by without news of Mt. Spokane? Sheesh. First, a disclaimer: I love Mt. Spokane and it was one of our featured "Seven Wonders." But a while back, it received the fifth worst environmental scorecard rating for a ski resort in the west. It was specifically faulted for not protecting an endangered species habitat with a proposed expansion that runs through a wildlife corridor, potentially harming lynx and wolverine. That battle continues and now the Land Council is hoping you'll weigh in:

Mt. Spokane is Washington States largest state park, with a mission to "acquire, operate, enhance and protect a diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites” in an effort to leave a valued legacy to future generations.”  The Lands Council believes a proposed expansion into old growth and native forest on the northwest side tips the balance against that mission.























Image courtesy of Out There Monthly.

Over the years, the ski area on Mt Spokane has grown, from a few rope tows and the worlds first double chair lift, to a large operation that covers 2/3 of the upper mountain. Our area of concern is the undeveloped northwest side, which contains old growth groves and countless streams and springs. The loss of this native forest on the west and northwest slopes of Mt. Spokane would impact birds and wildlife year around and eliminate the solitude that the backside is known for. This area is currently being managed as a defacto Natural Forest Area – we would like it permanently protected.

February Green Drinks at the Post Street Ale House with the Lands Council



Get ready: The next Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, February 8th at 5:30pm to closing time. They will be meeting at the Post Street Ale House on 1 North Post Street in downtown Spokane. The community partner for the event is The Lands Council. So bring your beaver jokes.

Also: Enjoy some wonderful specials just for the Green Drinkers:

$3 Fishtale Organic Amber Ale
$6 Green Apple Martini
$8 HUB Hopworks Organic IPA

Spokane Green Drinks gathers on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30-9:00ish at roving locations. There is no cost to attend and no formal agenda. Typically, they have a nonprofit or sustainable business co-sponsor. It's fun; full of engaging conversations and an opportunity to network with sustainable-minded folks.

Stay informed by signing on their google group HERE.

See documentary on Skeena River woes

RIVERS — Whether you're a paddler or a steelhead angler, you've probably heard of British Columbia's Skeena River.  It's an iconic natural resource that's threatened, according to a documentary that will be playing in Spokane on Friday.

"Awakening at the Skeena," a film by Andrew Eddy, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. sponsored by The Lands Council.  A donation to the cause is requested.

To reserve seats, call 209-2382.

For more info, check out The Skeena Watershed Coalition and The Wild Steelhead Coalition.

International Beaver Day

Today is International Beaver Day and you know what that means in Spokane… …it’s time for Chip!

So here’s to letting beavers to do what they do best: Building dams and storing water, which slowly releases to increase flows in the late summer. Yes, it’s a dam good idea.

Last month, the Lands Council submitted their final report on the Beaver Solution to the Washington State Department of Ecology. You can read the entire report here.

Also, we hope to see you at the Lands Council’s 15th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N Lincoln St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for silent auction bidding and socializing. Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about beavers (but we’re afraid to ask) after the jump.

Balance in the forest

Last Friday, DTE had the pleasure of covering a listening session on different interests finding common ground in the Colville National Forest, hosted by Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Much credit to keeping a sustainable forest management system is due to the collaborative efforts of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, made up of Conservation Northwest, The Lands Council, timber industry, business leaders and more. Cantwell described them as “breaking the mold.”

 


(U.S. rep Cathy McMorris-Rodgers takes questions after the conclusion of the listening session.)

The funny thing about a blog is you get a second chance to enhance the story. We’re not taking the Andrew Sullivan approach and dissecting which is like taking the dust of the butterfly’s wings, rather giving readers further background on the 1.1 million acres of forest in question. Watch a video on the coalition HERE; take a beautiful photo tour of the Colville Roadless Areas HERE; check out SCAT, Conservation Northwest’s well-written blog on the listening session HERE.

But after the jump, you’ll find a feature that found its way to the DTE news section regarding this critical issue.

 

A vote for The Lands Council is a vote for you

The Lands Council has an opportunity to win a $5,000 grant from the River Network to support their work protecting and restoring the waters of the Inland NW. If you think that The Lands Council is doing a great job, show your support for their work and vote for The Lands Council.

As part of the River Network’s partnership with Busch/Busch Light beer, they are giving away $5,000 to support clean water and healthy rivers in the Northwest! Your vote will help decide which deserving conservation group in Oregon or Washington will be the recipient of this grant. 

Please vote for The Lands Council today and share the contest link with your family and friends!

Tuesday Video - The Beaver Solution

                                     What is The Beaver Solution?

Simply put, it is allowing beavers to do what they do naturally; build dams and store water, which slowly releases to increase flows in the late summer. After hearing that the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) was investigating several locations to build large new dams on canyon tributaries to the Columbia River to store early spring runoff and release it late in the summer, The Lands Council proposed a unique alternative – The Beaver Solution – reintroducing beavers to build dams to store spring runoff. Beaver dams also create wetland areas that retain rain and snowmelt, trap sediment making streams cleaner, increase ground water levels, and create habitat for fish and wildlife.
A grant from the DOE is partially funding The Lands Council’s research and they are working with landowners to find locations to reintroduce beavers throughout Eastern Washington. This study will identify physical locations for beaver dams based on the best suitable habitat for beavers, provide estimates of water storage potential, and address the social and economic benefits, including opportunities for water banking and conservation easements.  Learn more HERE. 


Lands Council news update

The Lands Council might rank as the leading conservation voice in the Inland Northwest. Started in 1983 by John Osborn when he was an intern at Sacred Heart Medical Center, it has grown from his apartment to the Saranac, protecting thousands of acres. They’ve just released their summer project list, and their staff is out in the field, using beavers for a strange solution as noted HERE in High Country News.



Additionally, The Lands Council just won a critical forest lawsuit. According to their newsletter, “a federal judge agreed with The Lands Council and 13 other conservation groups and threw out Bush-era Forest Service regulations that govern management plans for national forests. The Bush era rules failed to guarantee viable wildlife populations, allowed the Forest Service to pay lip service to the impacts of its management and limited public involvement in forest management. We are hoping that we can now move forward with the Obama administration and try to come up with rules that will actually protect the forests.” Read more HERE.