INLC’s Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve property lies along the north side of the Little Spokane River near Fairwood. It’s very diverse in vegetation, wildlife, and geologically and contains an extensive trail network. The property is loved and appreciated and used by public trail users, local tribes, and wildlife, and the Conservancy strives to further protect and enhance the important habitats present on the property that are frequented by so many.
The Conservancy purchased the property in late 2020 for the purpose of habitat protection and careful public use. One of the important facets of habitat protection and enhancement and safe public use is good forest management. Good forest management will mitigate the risk of disease, reduce the risk of severe drought, limit the impact and severity of wildfire, diversify the understory, and reduce risks for public trail users.
Our work on the 2nd will focus on planting native species in areas that were recently thinned, prone to erosion, or in areas where trails were recently re-routed. Native species we’ll be planting will include common snowberry, wood’s rose, ponderosa pine, and common serviceberry.
We’ll meet at the Waikiki Springs trailhead at 9am, and likely wrap up and be back at the trailhead by around noon. Please bring any snacks or water you may want during the event, along with a face covering, appropriate layers, and sturdy hiking shoes/boots. INLC will provide all necessary tools and gloves.