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Tuesday, February 18, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Letters To The Editor

Don’t steal park land for Quartz Mountain

The recent article about the proposed land exchange in Riverside State Park (“State plan for land exchange makes some people nervous,” Valley Voice, Oct. 3) illustrates one more example of the public trust being violated. The state park lands are the treasure of the people of Spokane - treasure that is once more being ripped out of their hands.

Boundaries of the state park are not known. We need to put our state’s legislators on notice that funds should be allocated to survey the park boundaries. Until we know the boundaries, all land exchange negotiations should be stopped.

There is a budget surplus in our state this year. Use that money to survey our state parks, the treasure of our children. Use that money to buy Quartz Mountain.

Don’t let the asphalt jungle once again invade the state park. The proposed land to be lost serves now as a wildlife corridor and is also a legacy we should give to our children. Preserve our parks. Stop stealing our land. Glen Gower Spokane

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