A salmon's journey
For millennia, every summer the Little Spokane River teemed with salmon and steelhead returning to the waters of their birth to spawn and die. Along with returning fish came the Spokane Tribe to celebrate, honor, and harvest these fish for their sustenance.
For the past century dams on the Columbia River have blocked this summer salmon migration, fundamentally altering the regional ecosystem and way of life of our regional tribes. In the summer of 2021, the Spokane Tribe released 51 summer Chinook into the Little Spokane from the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve – the first time in 111 years that these beautiful fish had swum in this waterway.
With enthusiastic support from the Tribe, we intend to conserve more land in and along the Little Spokane River to support their fish reintroduction efforts, protect essential riparian and upland habitat, and provide expanded community access to near-urban wildlands. The Conservancy is delighted by this never-again opportunity to protect the Glen Tana property, over 1100 acres of diverse topography and habitat, connecting our Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve to Riverside State Park.