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Grant Received for Connecting Nature in Dishman Hills

Trip date: 07/23/2009
Reported by: Jeff Lambert

The Dishman Ridge Alliance has received a National Park Service RTCA grant to assist with planning the Dream Trail. RTCA is Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) and the RTCA Program has assistance grants to locally-led consevation and recreation projects. See more info for yourself at the following link:
 
 
The Dream Trail concept is to link two conservation areas that are about 2.5 miles apart - the Dishman Hills Natural Area (Camp Caro) and the Iller Creek Conservation Area. If the Dream Trail project is funded by the National Park Service, none of the money would be used to buy property or build trails. The grant is for assistance to plan the trail, build local support and develop the materials to obtain funding and approval for the Dream Trail. The sponsor is Inland Northwest Trails Coaltion and the Dishman Ridge Alliance has as partners the Dishman Hills Natural Area Assn, Washington Trails Assn, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane County Parks, Inland Northwest Land Trust, and the Spokane Mountaineers. We have at least two of the major land owners in the gap committed to participate as well.
 
The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition led by Lunell Haught is the lead organization. The Spokane Mountaineers were the founding organization of the Dishman Ridge Alliance that has as one of five goals to construct a trail from Appleway to Big Rock. The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition was quite successful working with NPS on the Beacon Hill project.

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