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Appetite for Conservation: Saving land and room for dessert
Be a part of the Land Trust's new tradition!

Appetite for Conservation: Saving Land and Room for Dessert
Sunday, September 14, 4:00 PM

Dix Farm
7510 S. Farm Rd.
Spokane, WA 99223
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Tickets $75

September 14 is just around the corner, but it's not too late to purchase tickets. But don't delay, space is limited! To buy tickets go here or call the office at 509-328-2939.

We are keeping it local with our first annual fundraising event at Dix Farm in south Spokane. Guests will enjoy live music by Big Red Barn, meet Inland Northwest beekeepers, discover new and local farms through Northwest Farm Fresh, sample beers from Orlison Brewing Company, and play games with friends and make some new friends too. Beacon Hill Catering will serve a delicious buffet dinner featuring the bounty of harvest season.

Guests can bid on silent and live auction items to help raise funds to preserve and protect the natural lands, waters, working farms and forests of the Inland Northwest. Here are just a few of the items available:


Geology/natural history outing with Steve Box and Jack Nisbet

Priest River mushroom foray with Kelly Chadwick

Sterling silver earrings donated by Jewelry Design Center

Sunflower print by artist Gay Witherspoon

Pheasant hunting at Miller Ranch accompanied by Rascal and his human, Carl Griffin

Four passes to Disneyland

Tickets to area events, gift certificates to local restaurants, and much, much more!

This is our big fundraiser for the year. Proceeds support our mission to preserve and protect the natural lands, waters, and working farms and forests of the Inland Northwest.

We can't wait to see you at the farm!

Many thanks to Suzy Dix for hosting this event. Without her kindness, this would not have been possible.

Inspiring entomologists: John Baumann and Dennis Paulson
Recent outings focus on things with wings
Inland Northwest Land Trust recently held two events to learn more about butterflies and dragonflies.

In June, John Baumann led a band of butterfly enthusiasts through the Bryant-Sayre conservation easement outside of Spangle on Latah Creek. In spite of the windy day, we located 14 different species in the tall grass and perched atop milkweed. Read more here.
A word on the Wilderness Act: Fall 2014
The year 2014 marks an important milestone in the lives of all American outdoor enthusiasts: It is the 50th anniversary of the United States Wilderness Act. Signed on September 3, 1964, the Act initially protected 9 million acres of public lands. The Act defined wilderness as "areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain."

Over the past 50 years Congress has added more than 100 million acres as designated wilderness. Here in the Inland Northwest our closest designated wilderness includes areas like the Salmo-Priest, Cabinet Mountains, and Wenaha-Tucannon. If you've been to these areas you've no doubt felt that sense of wildness - it's just you and nature in its pure, raw form. You, the human visitor, are typically outnumbered by the local residents, those wild critters with lots of room to roam free.

INLT is no U.S. Congress, and the 15,000 acres of easements we have helped protect seem pretty tame when compared with, say, the 1.3 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. But, like a million acre wilderness, our easements provide critical habitat for native flora and fauna. Protected in trust. In perpetuity.

Rob Hawley
Board President
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 half-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 over 3,000 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 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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