Photo courtesy of Dishman Hills Natural Area Association
About 1,300 more acres of Dishman Hills and county land will now be dedicated to natural-area protection and public, nonmotorized recreation, thanks to a non-profit conservation group called the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association. Get the full story from the Spokesman-Review.
Ladies, don’t miss your chance to grab one of 14 spots for a women only mountain biking clinic.
Hosted by the Fat Tire Trail Riders Club and Spokane Parks & Recreation, the clinic runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on June 28 at Riverside State Park and welcomes riders of all skill levels.
Register and find more information at the Fat Tire Trail Riders Club website.
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If you missed the last HydroTherapy kayaking session, here’s a cool recap. The lessons are free and they welcome kayakers of any experience level, so get out there! Another session is coming up on July 2nd.
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Photo by ASI – www.asiorders.com
The Spokesman Review had good coverage of this past weekend’s Ford Iron Man Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene. It was colder than usual and the winners won by a good margin. You can read the SR stories here.For more race results here’s link to the official race website.
Jon Snyder was interviewed on Bob Glatzer’s Rant on KYRS 89.9 on Friday. Jon discussed his campaign for City Council in District 2. You can hear all of Jon’s interview here: Jon Snyder Interview 6-19-09
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Spokane Historic Preservation Advocates presents a talk this Thursday on an essential aspect of walkable neighborhoods: Street trees. Here’s the details:
SPOKANE’S LARGE-CANOPY STREET TREES
Advocating for the Preservation of Large Species Street Trees in Spokane
A FREE Lecture: Large Trees Belong in Urban Landscapes
Speaker: Dr. Mike Kuhns, Extension Forester, Utah State University
WHEN: Thursday, June 18th, 7PM
WHERE: Interplayers Theatre 174 S. Howard St, Spokane
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.spokanepreservation.org
Because the beautiful giants that grace the Spokane landscape are nearing the end of their natural lives.
Because city policy prohibits replacing large trees in many streets where they now flourish.
Because we want to continue the vision of city leaders who planted 80,000 trees a century ago, so that we could enjoy their beauty and shade today. (more…)
The Washington State Trails Association is doing some outreach to the Spokane area. They have some cool trail work parties coming up. Here’s the details on their upcoming Spokane meeting:
Get to Know the Washington Trails Association
Thursday June 25, 7-8 P.M. at REI
Find out about WTA’s Hiking Trail Advocacy and Trail Maintenance Work Parties in the Spokane Area this Summer
Volunteer trail work is a fun, fulfilling way to get out in nature with old and new friends, learn about wilderness traditions and tools, and give something back to the trails that make it possible for so many of us to enjoy our treasured wild places and wildlife. Most of the volunteer trail maintenance projects this summer are being organized by Washington Trails Association (WTA), our state’s amazing hiking trail advocacy and trail maintenance organization. The WTA’s trail work program started in 1993, and was originally focused more on the west side of the state. Now the WTA is expanding efforts on eastside trails and needs our help to make this program grow. So please join us at REI to talk with local WTA members and volunteers about this great organization, and to show your support for WTA’s Spokane area trail efforts! (more…)
There’s still time to register for the area’s longest-running adventure race. It’s lots of fun and first-timers are welcome. Read this month’s cover story for more on racing. Here’s the details from North Idaho College:
We’re extending the early bird pricing for another week for the NICHALLENGE.
The new deadline to get the $70/person rate is 6/13/09. $80 after that until 6/22.
The race is Saturday, June 27th
3 – 5 miles of paddling
4 – 6 miles of trail running
15 – 20 miles of mt. biking
Should take an average athlete 4 – 6 hrs to complete
Team race: 2 person male, 2 person female, 2 person coed, 4 person male, 4 person female, 4 person coed. All team members complete the entire race. (more…)
This just in from The Lands Council:
Help Protect The Selkirks and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bears!
Grizzly bears in the Selkirk Mountains of eastern Washington through the Idaho Panhandle and into the Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River watershed in northwest Montana are severely threatened from habitat fragmentation, extensive road networks, motorized vehicles and development. These grizzly bear populations are barely hanging on, requiring supplementation from other populations in recent years.
The Forest Service has been developing new forest plan standards to limit motorized access into grizzly bear habitat within parts of the Kootenai, Idaho Panhandle and Lolo National Forests in Montana and Idaho . Limiting motorized access will improve habitat security for these magnificent animals, which tend to avoid areas of highest human use. The Forest Service recently published its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to adopt Forest Plan Amendments within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones. (more…)
OTM was very sad to hear that head ranger Rene Wiley is leaving Riverside State Park. Rich Landers had a great piece in the Spokesman on Saturday and you can click here to read it. Anyone familiar with recent history at the park will tell you that Wiley is a big reason for the park’s current vitality. Event directors report to me that she is great to work with and her presence will be sorely missed at one of the Inland Northwest’s most important outdoor institutions. Good luck Rene, we’ll miss you.