Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Landscape Restoration and Low Impact Development for Better Water Quality: How to Get Involved and Make a Difference 
Did you know that by simply having trees and shrubs along its shoreline, the water of a river or stream is naturally cleaner? The Lands Council has planted over 20,000 trees in streamside areas throughout Spokane over the past 6 years. Another threat to our waterways is stormwater, which carries a heavy pollutant load. That’s why The Lands Council has also started a pilot project installing storm gardens in Spokane which will naturally purify stormwater using biochar - a form of activated carbon.
Find out how these types of restoration and development can improve water quality in the Spokane River and find out how you can help.
This event is FREE and open to the public but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED due to limited space. Follow this link to reserve your seat -
Event will be 1:00-4:00pm, Friday, March 20th, in the Woodland Center at the John A. Finch Arboretum. For more information, contact or call 509.363.5495. 
About Amanda Parrish
Watershed Program Director | The Lands Council
After studying in the biodiverse ecosystems of Ecuador, Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, California. She relocated to the Inland Northwest to work in forest monitoring with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. In 2009 she served The Lands Council as an AmeriCorps member and is thrilled to continue working at The Lands Council revitalizing the Inland Northwest through watershed restoration.
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. At first, Dr. Osborn ran the organization out of his apartment, but today it is the leading conservation voice in the Inland Northwest. Since its humble beginnings, 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.

Funding assistance for this event is provided by USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources; both are equal opportunity providers and employers.