INLC Office Opens in Coeur d’Alene
May 5, 2023
May 5, 2023
Join staff and board members of Inland Northwest Land Conservancy as we celebrate the opening of our new office in the Innovation Collective at 418 E Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. The Conservancy has been actively protecting land in North Idaho since 1997, from forested mountainsides to vital waterways. Learn more about how INLC is working to keep Idaho, Idaho at this informal event on Tuesday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments and beverages provided. Please RSVP at InlandNWLand.org/Events.
To support growing needs and opportunities to protect important natural spaces in North Idaho, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Coeur d’Alene. This office, housed in the co-working space of Innovation Collective on Lakeside Avenue, is meant to be a hub connecting Conservancy staff with the Kootenai County community.
In 1997, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy completed its first conservation agreement with Wes and Gertie Hanson, owners of the Carder-Hanson preserve in Coeur d’Alene. Since then, the Conservancy team, based in Spokane, WA, has worked to protect over 23,000 acres and 125 miles of shoreline. Of those, roughly 3,300 acres are in Kootenai County.
The projects represent beautiful and unique natural places that are home to forests, meadows, creeks, and rivers that help make up the mosaic unique to the greater Coeur d’Alene/Rathdrum/Hayden area. On the way to Silverwood, you can see permanently protected Cedar Mountain reaching above the skyline to the east. From Tubbs Hill, you can see Kidd Island Point to the southwest, protected forever thanks to a conservation agreement with the private landowner. A bike ride on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes takes riders through several privately owned, permanently protected areas that are part of the restoration effort in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. Every day, 40 million gallons of water leave Hayden Lake near Honeysuckle Beach, and through gravels that will forever remain undeveloped because of a conservation partnership between the Conservancy and the private landowner. And these examples only scratch the surface of the projects that have been completed, supporting efforts to keep Idaho, Idaho.
Coeur d’Alene resident and INLC Conservation Director Mike Crabtree says, “I’m so excited to be more connected to the North Idaho community through our presence in Coeur d’Alene. Our CDA office will help us tell that story while focusing on the important work to come.” The Innovation Collective, home of the Coeur d’Alene Coffee Company, is already a central location for business, entertainment, and collaboration for CDA and Kootenai County, making it the perfect home base for the Conservancy to continue to build capacity and partner on projects in the panhandle.