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September 2018

Wander Wild: Scotchman Peak Hike

Join us for a hike in our Wander Wild Series at Scotchman Peak on September 22nd. Scotchman Peak Trail is an 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clark Fork, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. The views from the top of 7,009 foot Scotchman Peak are gorgeous enough to allow visitors to forget that they gained 3,730 feet in elevation over the course of 3.5 miles to get there. With more than 1,000 feet gained per mile, it is one…

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October 2018


Reforest Spokane Day

For seven years, The Lands Council and hundreds of volunteers have gathered together for a very special day: Reforest Spokane Day! In three hours, hundreds of trees are planted and a sense of community pride and stewardship established. This is the underlying mission of Reforest Spokane Day: to continue to plant trees as a community until future generations in the beautiful Inland Northwest are surrounded by one million trees that symbolize community, stewardship, and dedication. This year, on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Lands Council volunteers will set out to reforest Spokane by planting in Highbridge…

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Kill the Fresh Hops Pint Night

Support The Lands Council by having a pint at the Community Pint on Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:00 pm. Halloween is approaching and Community Pint is celebrating by killing all the fresh hops. Come grab a pint of fresh hop beer and CP will donate $2 to TLC! So please, join us on October 23rd!

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November 2018

Gerry Copeland Hike & Trail Clean-Up

In memory of Gerry Copeland, The Lands Council has adopted the Sherman Peak Loop Trail, planted the sign, and now it’s time for our annual trail clean-up! Bring a brown bag lunch, beverage, a pair of gloves and a bow saw if you have one. We’ll supply garbage bags. This is a moderate skill level trail, mostly uphill. It is about a one mile hike to the sign. You can stop there or you are welcome to hike the full loop (approx. 2-1/2 to 3 hours) to help with light trail maintenance. The fall colors will be beautiful! Directions: From…

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Bulgarian Culture Night with TLC

One of the oldest, most affordable and attractive destinations in Europe reveals its secrets during a special TLC event! Our Bulgarian fellow, Dimitar, will present the rich history, fascinating culture, and captivating natural beauty of his homeland in an interactive and fun way. Apart from exploring a unique country you knew nothing about, you will treat your senses by tasting some authentic Bulgarian cuisine and learning a traditional Bulgarian folklore dance. By the end of the night, you will know how to say “yes” or “no” and how to write your name like a true Bulgarian. Join us for some…

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December 2018

Holiday Party & Membership Drive

The Lands Council is celebrating the year’s victories and the holiday season on Friday, December 7th at 6:00 pm at the Hamilton Studios. We work throughout the Inland Northwest all year to protect our forests, water, and wildlife. 2018 was a great year - there is much to celebrate! If you are already a member, your entry is free. Not a member? No problem! Sign up for your annual membership or make a donation and you'll get your entry to this wonderful, festive party! Complimentary food and wine will be available for all. The event will include live jazz music,…

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January 2019

Kettles Map Project

The Kettles Map Project is a cooperative team of cartographers, athletes, wildlife photographers, and guide book authors collaborating to create the first and only comprehensive map of the Kettle River Range in Ferry County, Washington. Located only two hours from Spokane, the Kettle Range is the home of solitude, sacredness, and room to roam for all types of human-powered users. Come listen to tales from the trails, learn about the area, and get excited about the new map! Bikers, hikers, birders, runners, hunters, backpackers, and skiers this is your time to learn and as questions about the work being done…

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Backcountry Film Festival

2019 Backcountry Film Festival comes to Spokane on Thursday, January 31 at Gonzaga's Hemmingson Center! It's that time of year again! Spokane area winter enthusiasts, come enjoy an evening with friends as we celebrate winter and human-powered adventure at the Winter Wildlands Alliance 14th annual Backcountry Film Festival, Thursday January 31st at Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center Auditorium. Doors open 6:00pm. Films start at 7:00pm. Bring a friend and come early for best seats and our raffle. Admission $12. For advance tickets go here. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture – you’ll find it all in this award-winning lineup…

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February 2019

First Friday Open House

Please join us Friday, February 1st at 5:00 at The Lands Council (25 W. Main) for an open house, discussion, and photography showing.  Our Wildlife Program Director, Chris Bachman, will talk about current issues in wolf recovery and our open meadows plan. He will also be displaying his wildlife and nature photography. Light drinks and snacks provided. More about Chris: Chris Bachman left his position as a middle school science and math teacher to advocate for wildlife. He is a life long environmental advocate and enjoys working with young people building environmental advocates for the future. Chris is an avid backcountry traveler and…

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The Making of an Environmentalist

Here is your chance to learn more about The Lands Council's Executive Director, Mike Petersen and his life-long work in environmental activism. How did a radical environmentalist and Earth First! activist become the Executive Director of The Lands Council? Petersen will describe how he met Ed Abbey, David Brower, and other great environmentalists, took part in direct actions such as Redwood Summer, blockades, and tree sits, and how he has sustained the passion for four decades. He will talk about tactics ranging from direct action and litigation to negotiation and collaboration.

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