Field Fridays

 

Want to spend some time with the Stewardship Crew and learn a bit more about the lands INLC has protected? The first Friday of each month will be dedicated to exploring important conservation lands, completing our annual monitoring of the property, and completing a restoration project. As we walk and work, we'll learn about subjects like noxious weeds, local geology, wildlife biology, aquatic ecology, local history, and more!

 

These will be full 6- to 8-hour days, and we will be completing our projects and monitoring regardless of weather (unless extreme conditions present). Please be prepared with a lunch, lots of water, appropriate layers, and sturdy footwear.

 

RSVP required for these events, as each Field Friday will be limited to 6 volunteers to limit our impact on the land. Please email Rose at rrichardson@inlandnwland.org to reserve your spot!

March 5th, 2021
Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve
April 2nd, 2021
Rimrock to Riverside Project Area

The Rimrock area is a very unique place. It’s open enough to host browsing wildlife like deer, moose, and elk. There are enough ponds and snags to provide good breeding habitat for waterfowl and raptors. And the rocky outcroppings make ideal habitat for big cats like mountain lions and bobcat.

 

Because the area was previously homesteaded and used for cattle grazing, there is a substantial amount of barbed wire fencing in the area. There are also several social trails that need to be mapped and closed off. This Field Friday, we will focus on removing barbed wire and closing off social trails to ensure wildlife and habitat are as healthy as possible. 

 

Driving Directions:

From downtown Spokane, navigate to I-90 and drive west toward Seattle. Take Exit 277 to South Grove Road via Hwy 2. Follow Grove Road for roughly 2.5 miles until the road ends and meets up with Houston Road. Follow Houston Road for a quarter of a mile to the circle pullout on the left side of the road. This is where we will park and meet at the beginning of the day.

 

Spaces Available: 0

Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve represents some of the most diverse habitat in Spokane County - thriving river corridor, open meadows, and healthy upland ponderosa forests. 

The property has, for over a century, drawn people to it for its beauty, bounty, and access to fresh water - a dairy and a poultry farm once occupied the property for these resources. Heavy commercial uses like that can wear down the landscape and bring in species that are undesirable. Many invasive species are now present and thriving on the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve. But you can help! 

 

Driving Directions:

From downtown Spokane, navigate to I-90 and drive west toward Seattle. Take Exit 277 to South Grove Road via Hwy 2. Follow Grove Road for roughly 2.5 miles until the road ends and meets up with Houston Road. Follow Houston Road for a quarter of a mile to the circle pullout on the left side of the road. This is where we will park and meet at the beginning of the day.

 

Spaces Available: 2

May 1st, 2020
Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve

The Mikkelsen Preserve is a 160-acre tract of land east of Reardan and is owned and managed by the INLC. The property ajoins the Deep Creek Preserve and the Reardan-Audubon Lake Wildlife Area. It features vernal ponds, contributes to the headwaters of three streams, and is a prime stopover/home to over 200 resident and migratory bird species. 

 

This Field Friday will focus on enhancing the existing wetlands. Healthy wetlands offer diverse habitat to wildlife, prevent severe droughts by storing water year-round, and capture an immense amount of carbon. To enhance these benefits, we'll be staking in willows and planting native shrubs. 

 

Driving Directions: 

From downtown Spokane, navigate to I-90 and drive west toward Seattle. Take exit 277 to get onto Hwy 2 toward Davenport and continue for roughly 6 miles. At the turning circle, take the second exit to stay on Hwy 2 for another 13 miles. Take a right on North Aspen Road, then another right on East Railroad Avenue. After a quarter mile, take a left onto the short gravel road that leads to the Reardan-Audubon Lake parking area. We will meet at this parking lot. 

 

Spaces available: 0

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 Spokane, WA 99201

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