North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 1, 2022
            Aug 8: Noon. Lunch at the Bark.  Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 15: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 22: Noon.  At Holmes Elementary.  Speaker: Holmes Principal Kale Colyar. After lunch, members and spouses help stow school supplies room for the year.
Happy Buck$:
            Steve Boharski was happy for a great trip to France and Spain.
            Colin Prestesater was happy that wife, Kelsey, has finished studying for the state bar.
            Melinda Keberle was happy for a trip to Philadelphia and Baltimore with son, Landen, to watch major league baseball.  They now have visited 23 of 30 big-league stadiums.
            Visiting Rotarian Christian Tuerk from the Wien-Schoenbrut Club in Vienna, Austria, was happy to visit Spokane and that his wife could raft the Salmon River.
Looking ways to save the land  
             Nature is, well, first nature for Dave Schaub.
            Growing up in a family strongly attuned to the outdoors, Dave said “as a kid I did a 50-mile hike.”  He also stressed camping as a Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout.
            And he and his brother hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada.  “We walked about 30 miles a day,” he said.
            So it wasn’t far to travel from his office at 35 W, Main to our lunch spot at the Bark on Aug. 1 to tell the club about his work with the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. 
            Schaub, the organization’s executive director since 2017, said the group’s core values are Love of Nature, Perpetuity, Discernment and Collaboration.
            The Conservancy, a private, non-profit agency was organized 30 years ago as the Inland Northwest Land Trust.  
            “Our weather and our climate are changing,” Schaub said.  “There is anxiety about climate changes, but we can see a path forward.”  The group, he said, “is focused on thriving habitat.”
            One prime example is the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve, a 95-acre tract along the Little Spokane River, just north of the Kalispel Golf Course.
            Last year, with the combined efforts of the Conservancy, Spokane Tribal Fisheries, the state fisheries and others, 50 chinook salmon were planted along the stream.  Some fish were as big as 15 pounds and the fish were radio-tagged to see how long the fish will survive.
             This sort of salmon species had not been seen since the dams were built along the Columbia River and its headwaters, Schaub said.  A YouTube video showed the planting and tribal elders leading a “happy dance.” Waikiki is an Indian word for “spouting water.”
            Schaub also praised the work on the Rimrock to Riverside project which links Riverside State Park to Palisades Park, the high terrain north of Indian Canyon Golf Course.
            The Conservancy lists 125 miles of waterways and shorelines and 22,682 acres on 114 properties of protected land.
            Schaub said the Conservancy greatly favors cooperation over conflict in land decisions.
            “We are not anti-mining or anti-development,” he said.  “A thriving economy benefits all of us.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink