Recent Press Releases


Here are some of our recent press releases. Please feel free to call our executive director Dave Schaub at 509-328-2939 or email him at for more information about these projects.

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition
Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence


Spokane, WA (Apr 18, 2019) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1991 Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has been doing just that for the people of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Now Inland Northwest Land Conservancy announced it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.


“Accreditation demonstrates Inland Northwest Land Conservancy’s commitment to permanent land conservation in eastern Washington and northern Idaho,” said Dave Schaub, Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places – such as Reardan’s Audubon Lake – will be protected forever, making eastern Washington and northern Idaho an even greater place for us and our children.”


Inland Northwest Land Conservancy provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Inland Northwest Land Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts steward approximately 20 million acres of land – the size of Spokane and Kootenai counties combined.


 “We have nearly 14,000 acres of private land under our permanent protection,” said Chris DeForest, Conservation Director. “Plus we have worked with partners to bring nearly 8,000 acres of land into public ownership and access.”


“It is exciting to recognize Inland Northwest Land Conservancy with this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”


According to the Land Trust Alliance, 85% of public agencies said accreditation increases their confidence in land trusts. Accreditation enhances Inland Northwest Land Trust’s ability to work with private and government partners on important projects along the Coeur d’Alene River and on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.


Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at


You can learn more about the Impact of Accreditation at



About Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy was formed in 1991. Since then the organization has protected over 20,000 acres in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. A new initiative is “Olmsted 2.0”, a collaborative plan to provide access public parks, trails and natural spaces for Spokane County residents. Another project is “Rimrock to Riverside,” to acquire the lands necessary to connect Palisades Park with Riverside State Park. You can learn more at


About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit


About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.

The Alliance’s leadership serves the entire land trust community—our work in the nation’s capital represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state; our education programs improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska; and our comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation includes new partners, new programs and new priorities. Connect with LTA online at

Innovia Foundation Funds the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Olmsted 2.0 - a Regional Park Plan for the Next 100 years

Spokane, Wash. - December 12, 2018


One hundred years ago the City of Spokane Parks Department enlisted the services of the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects to create a visionary park plan that imagined a park within walking distance of all city residents. That plan was implemented to great success, and according to a recent Trust For Public Land survey, 82% of current city residents live within a 5-10 minute walk of a city park – a remarkable accomplishment for a plan that was created 100 years ago.


The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC) has been selected as a community strategies $25,000 grant recipient by the Innovia Foundation (formerly the Inland Northwest Community Foundation).  During 2019 the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy plans to work towards creating a shared vision for the protection of natural open spaces and interconnecting trail systems. Fulfillment of this vision will help ensure long term quality of life benefits for current and future county residents, visitors, flora, and fauna. INLC is building collaborative relationships with a range of groups to engage in this planning process including state and local parks, user groups, and conservation organizations.


The Olmsted 2.0 coalition will evaluate existing conservation lands, trail plans, and trail networks in order to identify the most logical places to focus future conservation work; facilitate engagement meetings with user groups and public stakeholders; and compile such input in a cohesive, compelling plan to build additional long-term public support and guide regional land conservation work into the future. Part of this process will involve facilitated visioning meetings with the Olmstead 2.0 steering committee and at least four public engagement meetings to solicit input from the broader community.


Throughout 2018 the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has convened meetings with park agencies, resource management agencies, user groups, city government staff, elected officials, business owners, and members of the public the idea of initiating Olmsted 2.0. In June 2018 INLC hosted two half-day meetings with experts to solicit input from 50 individuals representing state and federal land and resource agencies, Avista, tribes, advocacy groups, timber land managers, universities, etc. The two biggest conclusions endorsed by virtually all participants were that our regional conservation priorities should focus on expanding and connecting existing protected lands, and engaging the public on the land so that they develop a love for it. Olmsted 2.0 will help create the blueprint to help achieve both of those priorities.



The Olmsted 2.0 Vision will bring groups together for the purpose of envisioning a county-wide public conservation plan that will aspire for an alignment of vision around the proactive, collaborative protection of additional public natural lands to help ensure a high quality of life for our growing population. At the conclusion of this process INLC will partner with Innovia, agencies, and stakeholders for a public “unveiling” of the vision.


“This is Huge!  We’re excited to hear about INLC’s success in obtaining an Innovia grant for their Olmsted 2.0 Visioning Process.  Spokane County is really looking forward to participating along with others in our community. We have a long and successful history of partnership with INLC and I have no doubt that their well-earned reputation for bringing people together through collaborative partnerships and creative problem solving will ensure the success of the Olmstead 2.0 project” said Doug Chase, Director of Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf Department.  



Since 1991 the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has be living out its mission of connecting people to nature by conserving the lands and water on which life depends. 


If you would like more information about this topic, please call Todd Dunfield at the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy at 509 328-2939 or email

Avista and Conservancy Protect Sacheen Springs Wetland Complex

Sacheen Lake, Wash. – October 11, 2018


In June 2018 Avista Corporation permanently protected its 109-acre Sacheen Springs property, which borders the Little Spokane River for a full half-mile. Avista entered into a conservation easement agreement with Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC), a nonprofit organization that works with landowners and other groups to protect environmentally sensitive properties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. As with all of INLC's 52 conservation agreements, Avista's Sacheen Springs can never be developed or divided, even if it is sold.


Alerted by Ducks Unlimited to this important wildlife habitat, Avista bought Sacheen Springs in 2013, preventing it from being logged. The Sacheen Springs property consists of two islands in a sea of wetlands with other forested areas on the edge. There are 51 acres of wetlands in nine specific wetland communities, including a rare sedge bog wetland, as well as open water, seeps, springs, perennial and annual creeks, old-growth forests, and rocky outcrops. These wetlands and the surrounding uplands provide rich, abundant wildlife habitat, protect and improve water quality, reduce flooding and erosion, and provide water storage.

Extensive wildlife includes moose, deer, beavers, sharp shinned hawks, Cooper's hawks, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, mallards, herons, osprey, and bald eagles. Sacheen Springs also has a wide variety of tree species, particularly pines and cedars. Its plentiful smaller vegetation includes water lilies, Columbia lilies, Indian paintbrush, Wood rose, bluebells, huckleberries, Oregon grapes, wild orchids, bead lilies, and wild ginger.

INLC will annually monitor the property for compliance with the terms of the conservation agreement. Avista, guided by its Environmental Affairs Department, will manage the property to reduce invasive plants and will offer guided educational tours by arrangement.


About Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature by conserving the lands and water on which life depends. Formed in 1991, INLC has protected over 16,000 acres in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. On the web at



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