The Lands Council preserves and revitalizes our Inland Northwest forest, water and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action and community engagement. History:
In 1983, John Osborn, then an intern at Sacred Heart Medical Center, decided something needed to be done to protect the land he called home. A group of area physicians, concerned about the environment's effect on people's health, agreed. And thus The Lands Council, a local grassroots, non-profit dedicated to protecting the quality of life in the Inland Northwest, was born. The Lands Council has protected thousands of acres of public land, and in the process worked to preserve the forests, water, and wildlife we all depend on for life.Programs:
Forest Watch: Keeps a watchful eye over the U. S. Forest Service, protects roadless areas, works on getting new wilderness areas designated, challenges destructive timber sales, preserves old growth areas, and defends wildlife such as mountain caribou, lynx and native trout.
Urban Ecology: Whether we're educating our community about toxics in the river or toxics in the home, The Lands Council's environmental health program is committed to protecting people's health and cleaning up our environment. The Lands Council's Urban Ecology program promotes smart growth, progressive transportation planning, ecologically-sensitive urban design, toxics outreach and education, sustainability, and healthier, more active lifestyles in Spokane.
The Beaver Solution: Simply put, The Beaver Solution is allowing beavers to do what they do naturally; build dams and store water, which slowly releases to increase flows in the late summer. We are working with landowners to find locations to reintroduce beavers throughout Eastern Washington. These studies identify physical locations for beaver dams based on the best suitable habitat for beavers, and will provide estimates of water storage potential and address the social and economic benefits, including opportunities for water banking and conservation easements. Beaver dams also create wetland areas that retain rain and snowmelt, trap sediment making streams cleaner, increase groundwater levels, and create habitat for fish and wildlife.