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Appetite for Conservation: Saving land and room for dessert
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Join Inland Northwest Land Trust in celebrating the bounty of eastern Washington and northern Idaho farms and ranches while helping protect lands in our region at the same time.

We are keeping it local with live music by Big Red Barn, booths featuring beekeepers, gardeners, and artisan bread, wine from Vino!, lager from Orlinson Brewing Company and food prepared by scratch from Beacon Hill.

Also, enjoy the beautiful Dix Farms while participating in outdoor games and silent and live auctions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to work with willing private landowners to preserve and protect the natural lands, waters, and working farms and forests of the Inland Northwest.
Once upon a time and over the years: Chris begins a new chapter with the Land Trust
Views from DeForest (Spring 2014)
Once upon a time, Kay Rafferty sent word that her friend Betsy Jewett was helping Inland Northwest Land Trust look for its first executive director. It was 1997 and I had finished work for the US Forest Service research station in Portland.

On April 1, 1997, I drove from Portland to Spokane for the interview. While in town, I visited the Land Trust’s Cobb Ranch and one of its two easements. I saw an opportunity to live in Spokane and protect the land I had long admired during family trips from Seattle to our ancestral cabin on Lake Pend Oreille. Happily for me, the board decided my potential outweighed my shortcomings. I started work June 1, 1997 and promptly opened INLT’s first office.

Read more about Chris' new role at the Land Trust.

Upcoming events
Community Spirit: join us in celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day

Community events not to miss on Saturday, April 26

Earth Day Spokane 2014 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Annual Compost Fair and Arbor Day Celebration at Finch Arboretum 11 AM - 2 PM

Check out the full calendar of events.
Ralph Hein Family Easement continues the Latah Creek conservation streak; 142 acres protected
Inland Northwest Land Trust worked with the Hein family for over 13 years to protect 142 acres and a ½ mile of shoreline along Latah Creek near Spangle, WA.

The Ralph Hein Family conservation easement is located near the 322-acre Bryant-Sayre conservation easement adjoining the Qualchan Monument and 10 miles from the 40-acre Grouse Creek Ranch and continues the two miles of shoreline already protected.

Meadows, basalt cliffs, and farmland are the diverse land features on the property. Wildlife such as deer, pheasant, elk, eagle and moose depend on the protected habitat.

Thams family purchased the land along Latah Creek in the late 1800s. Their descendants later protected the land with a conservation easement. The land is part of the family’s original homestead. Teri Hein’s great grandparents, the Thams family, purchased the land in the late 1800s. “My grandmother told us stories of Native Americans camping on the property. She inherited this piece and passed it on to my mom and dad,” said Teri. “We feel the right thing to do with this property is a conservation easement since we have control over it.”

This is the Land Trust’s third protected land along Latah Creek and fourth within the Latah Creek watershed.

Cougar Bay to Turnbull

This Wild Lifeline is an important wildlife migration corridor that stretches from Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, through the Dishman Hills, across Mica and Blossom Peaks and down to the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene at Cougar Bay. INLT has helped protect nearly 2,939 acres in this Wild Lifeline corridor.

Rolling on the river; Rundquist easement protects 297 acres along Priest River
The Land Trust protected 297 acres along Priest River near Priest River, Idaho. The Rundquist conservation easement includes Sanborn Creek a spawning tributary for Idaho’s federally protected Bull trout, over a 1 ½ mile of stream banks and shoreline including Priest River, 18 springs, and many intermittent streams. The habitat is critical for wildlife such as elk and is in a corridor of other lands protected by the Land Trust and other conservation-minded organizations.

The land was originally acquired by The Nature Conservancy thanks to a donation by a landowner John Rundquist. Prior to sale, The Nature Conservancy worked with the Land Trust to place an easement with a comprehensive forest management plan on the property to protect the streams, creeks, and river.

A fall day at Rundquist conservation easement along Priest River. “The Rundquist property is home to iconic species such as bull trout, elk and Calypso orchids,” commented Susanna Danner, Director of Protection with the Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “These plants and animals depend on the region's open and natural areas for survival; and working forest landowners depend on these open spaces for their livelihoods. The Nature Conservancy is working collaboratively to protect working timberlands across northern Idaho for the wildlife and people that depend on them. We are grateful to Inland Northwest Land Trust for their partnership and excellent stewardship of the Rundquist conservation easement along this important reach of the Priest River.”

Stimson Lumber Company will purchase the property as restricted by conservation easement and will maintain a working forest to add to its forest land base in north Idaho.

This is the Land Trust’s 6th protected land in Bonner County and 2nd along Priest River.

Bonner County

Lake Pend Oreille and the streams and creeks that feed it are part of a Wild Lifeline for trout and other species.

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