Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
Inland Northwest Land Conservancy and Avista recently finalized a conservation agreement for 526 acres on the north shore of Lake Spokane. The agreement ensures, in perpetuity, that the area will remain forested, protected from development, and a safe home for plants and animals.
This Stevens County area, open to human-powered recreation with trails, beaches, and boat-in campsites, is home to bobcats, elk, moose, wolves, and dozens of species of waterfowl.
An area reminiscent of the ice age floods, the property is full of craggy cliffs, basalt rock, and towering ponderosa pine trees. The Lake Spokane Reservoir, created by the Long Lake Dam, is popular with boaters, anglers, and hikers. This agreement is in addition to permanent conservation agreements between the two organizations on the south shore of Lake Spokane, Sacheen Springs, and a project in progress to protect Avista’s land in the Beacon Hill complex.