Inland Northwest Land Conservancy was founded in 1991 to connect people to nature by conserving the lands and waters essential to life.


As a local land trust that is non-political, non-adversarial, and non-governmental, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is well positioned to work with a broad range of land owners, businesses, and government agencies.


Our board and staff are engaged members in the communities we serve, actively working to preserve our region’s precious resources for generations to come. The Conservancy’s work extends across eastern Washington and northern Idaho.


To date, INLC has helped landowners preserve over 21,000 acres of our Inland Northwest, including 40 miles of shoreline. Preservation through conservation easements keeps water resources clean and flowing, agricultural lands working, forests healthy, and supports the health of our wildlife and wild places for future generations.


Our Vision





Inland Northwest Land Conservancy envisions a region of thriving natural habitats enjoyed and respected by the people who live in and visit the Inland Northwest.

Our History

In 1991, local conservation-minded citizens of the Spokane area recognized that the natural landscape and working farms and forests of our community were changing dramatically as residential and commercial growth soared. They sought a practical way to protect the natural and working resources of our area. Thus, the Inland Northwest Land Trust was born. 

When Betsy Jewett, the first Treasurer of INLT, moved to Spokane in 1989, she was surprised to find that there were no land trusts in the area. The Inland Northwest is known for its beautiful scenery and the area was in need of a land trust in order to protect these special places from inappropriate development. 

February 4, 1991 marked the beginning of INLT. The 11 original members each donated $20 as starting funds for INLT. 

Chris DeForest was hired in April 1997 as the Executive Director -- the first professional staff member. Chris recently stepped down to become Conservation Director. In 2017 Dave Schaub became the newest Executive Director.

Now called Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, we have a professional staff of five along with several dedicated volunteers and interns. INLC has helped protect over 19,000 acres through 55 conservation easements, 2 owned preserves, and 35 partner projects. 


Thousands of hours of work contributed to this astonishing effort that has created a strong and lasting organization. INLC has become a leader in land conservation as it continues to grow in membership and has made significant progress protecting the living landscapes of our region.