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  • Spokane River | The Lands Council
    and reproductive and endocrine system problems In addition for more than a century our community has lived with a legacy of mining waste consisting of lead arsenic cadmium and zinc originating from Idaho s Silver Valley These contaminants can lead to serious health problems in humans Exposure to heavy metals through contact with beach soils can lead to childhood lead poisoning nervous system and kidney damage and cardiovascular disease To protect public health improve water quality and enhance stewardship of the Spokane River The Lands Council educates economically disadvantaged ethnic communities and underprivileged youth about the health risks of toxic contamination We do this by spending time on the river collecting surveys posting and distributing health advisories staffing informational tables at community events and delivering educational presentations We re also working hard to involve these folks in river clean up and tree planting activities throughout the watershed The Lands Council is also implementing green infrastructure Storm gardens and engineered bioswales landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water are an environmentally sound successful and cost effective means of capturing and treating PCB contaminated stormwater runoff on site ultimately improving Spokane River water quality Built between the sidewalk and street storm gardens feature native plants and biochar activated carbon produced from crop and seed milling residue that has been shown to be effective at removing PCBs and heavy metals from stormwater Storm gardens help take PCBs out of the hydrologic cycle prevent them from entering the Spokane River and recharge our aquifer more info similar programs Climate Change National Forests Beaver Solution Coal and Oil Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/spokane-river/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Environmental Education | The Lands Council
    Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open House June 3 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 11 Jun Paddle the Hanford Reach June 11 June 12 Mattawa WA United States More events Instagram Photos Contact Info The Lands Council 25 W Main Ave Ste 222 Spokane WA

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/environmental-education/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Project SUSTAIN | The Lands Council
    science technology engineering and mathematics environmental education program designed to restore the connection between youth and nature by enabling students to get outside practice field science be physically active and become responsible environmental stewards Project SUSTAIN provides field trips and supporting in class lessons aligned with state standards and school curricula to high school and middle school students in the Spokane and Coeur d Alene region Our field trips encourage active outdoor recreation activities including hiking kayaking and snowshoeing and community building service learning projects such as tree plantings and stream lake clean ups Through Project SUSTAIN s 3E educational model and in coordination with our many community partners we expose students to the outdoors empower them with relevant knowledge and skills and encourage them to apply these experiences throughout their lives to become responsible environmental stewards We blur the lines between learning and fun promote leadership and kinship in the outdoors role model environmental ethics and familiarize students with career professional opportunities in the natural resources and environmental sciences Project SUSTAIN encourages students to embrace a more outdoors based physically active lifestyle Many of our students are at risk of dropping out of school deal with issues such as learning disabilities anger management substance abuse neglect domestic violence and teenage pregnancy and have little to no experience with the outdoors and lack a connection to it Through the outdoor exploration opportunities provided by Project SUSTAIN we mentor these students and help role model positive healthy life skills and behaviors Offering kids a safe stimulating environment in which to learn grow be active be inspired and be exposed to new paths in life helps them overcome personal challenges builds confidence and self worth and motivates them to become responsible productive members of society It is our intention that Project SUSTAIN

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/environmental-education/project-sustain/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Green Sleeves | The Lands Council
    our restoration capacity while also engaging offenders in meaningful environmental projects Green Sleeves offers a multi faceted approach to improving our restoration efforts while also improving offender rehabilitation and combating recidivism First classes in green jobs and environmental literacy are taught by trained Lands Council staff members using the Roots of Success curriculum which is specifically designed for incarcerated populations Second offenders care for a native plant nursery on site which means we are able to plant trees with mature root systems while also providing a form of nature therapy Third offenders join Lands Council staff in the field to plant and maintain stream side and urban forest areas Offenders who participate are often connected with criminal record friendly employers Also post incarceration habits are tracked to see how many participants are more likely to plant a garden seek new education seek environmental employment and more Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open House June 3 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/environmental-education/green-sleeves/ (2016-05-02)
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  • National Forests | The Lands Council
    die of root rot only to be replaced by more fir which continues this negative cycle More than a century of forest and fire management in Northeast Washington North Idaho and Northwest Montana has transformed the characteristics and function of forests The most dramatic impacts affect riparian areas water quality fish and wildlife To combat these effects active restoration particularly in previously logged stands is greatly needed There are still threats to old growth forests as well particularly on state lands Road systems need to be regulated and reformed so the backlog of unmaintained roads can be eliminated To restore key resilient characteristics to Inland Northwest forests we need to properly manage and plan our regional watershed and individual resources Restoration that works effectively for everyone requires an active shift in our thinking these landscapes are socio ecological systems that provide services to people living near our forests Restoring once dominant and hardy species such as white pine whitebark pine western larch and ponderosa pine will increase resiliency to drought insects disease and wildfire To improve our National Forests we collaborate with diverse stakeholders to find a common ground We are engaged in a conversations and activities that are conserving public lands not just special places like roadless areas but old growth riparian areas wildlife corridors and future forests Engaging with adjacent communities and a wide variety of interest groups has resulted in support for conservation interests including support for new wilderness designations more info similar programs Climate Change Spokane River Beaver Solution Coal and Oil Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/national-forests/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Environmental Restoration | The Lands Council
    practices combined with urban development have resulted in erosion and sedimentation nutrient loading riparian buffer loss wetland destruction and contaminated stormwater runoff As a result water bodies in these watersheds do not meet Washington State water quality standards for parameters such as fecal coliform dissolved oxygen pH turbidity and temperature In order to improve water quality and public health in these degraded watersheds The Lands Council is recruiting private landowners interested in implementing riparian restoration activities on their properties or farms and providing information on proper household fertilizer use and disposal septic system maintenance pet waste management and lawn clipping disposal We re also facilitating field based water quality educational programming with secondary school students in these watersheds and guiding public elected officials on place based informational kayak tours Our comprehensive multi year native plant restoration program which targets high risk tributaries and confluence areas will result in optimum age class density species diversity and canopy cover to stabilize streambanks filter pollutants coming off the land and reduce elevated stream temperatures The Lands Council s intention with its riparian restoration is a phased approach working on riparian health and landowner education now will prepare these watersheds for beaver reintroduction in suitable reaches later to attenuate flows reduce the magnitude of flashy spring runoff events maintain higher water levels in the critical summer period and create wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open House June 3 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 11 Jun Paddle the Hanford Reach June 11 June 12 Mattawa WA United

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/environmental-restoration/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Watershed | The Lands Council
    in the country Above ground the Spokane region is home to four unique watersheds the Middle Spokane River Hangman Creek Little Spokane River and Lower Spokane River watersheds which all converge in Spokane and feed into the Spokane River As more people move to the region every year and development expands from urban areas to the far reaches of our urban growth boundaries it is crucial that we understand how the aquifer and Spokane River interact and recharge To protect water quality for the many citizens of our region it is important to track the aquifer s water quantity The Lands Council participates in watershed planning groups in both Washington and Idaho providing an important conservation perspective during these monthly meetings In Washington The Lands Council is an active member of the Spokane River Watersheds Regional Planning Group while in Idaho we participate in the North Fork Coeur d Alene River Watershed Advisory Group This participation allows us to track changes in water quality plans and in stream flow rules and allows us to give input on proposed water availability studies and water quality enhancement projects From this work we ve been able to implement stream side restoration on Deep and Coulee Creeks both tributaries to the Spokane River We ve also been able to keep track of water volume patterns in the aquifer and above ground water providing us with invaluable insight on the need for water conservation in the years to come Watershed planning sites http www spokaneaquifer org Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open House June 3 5 00

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/watershed/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Mt. Spokane | The Lands Council
    and seven runs will fragment old growth stands and permanently impact the headwaters of Blanchard Creek The operators of the ski area have refused to alter their plans or consider other mountain improvements that would help the area thrive In 2014 Mt Spokane 2000 prepared an Environmental Impact Statement and the Washington State Parks Commission approved the ski area reclassification and expansion in November of 2014 In response members of the Save Mt Spokane Coalition filed notice in Superior Court against that decision based on a clear violation of the State Parks Natural Resource Policy In 2015 The Lands Council along with John Roskelley Fayette Krause Spokane Audubon Society and Spokane Mountaineers joined the suit The case is now in Appeals Court but no date has been set for the hearing We also appealed the Timber Harvest Permit issued by Spokane County That appeal will be heard by the Spokane County Hearings Examiner on April 13 Find Events Become a member Volunteer Make a quick donation here 5 25 100 Get connected Featured Video More videos Upcoming Events 19 May Save Mt Spokane Fundraiser May 19 5 00 pm 8 00 pm 25 West Main 03 Jun First Friday Open

    Original URL path: http://landscouncil.org/what-we-do/mt-spokane/ (2016-05-02)
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