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 October 24, 2014      
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Climate Change and Crowdsourcing come together at conference


What do climate change, crowdsourcing and natural resource management have in common? A lot if you ask Dan Isaak, a U.S. Forest Service fish biologist who will be the Spokane River Forum Conference lunch keynote Thursday, November 20th.


Like many researchers and policymakers, Dan does not get hung up on whether climate change is caused by human actions or natural cycles. His interest, instead, is focused on how natural resource managers, particularly in the area of fisheries, can address on the ground changes affecting the environment. Said Isaak in a recent publication, "Wise and proactive management decisions in the next decade could substantially affect how many native fish populations there are in Rocky Mountain streams 100 years from now."  Read More 


Spokane park bond vote has river running through it


The ballots have dropped for the City of Spokane's proposed $60 million dollar Riverfront Park master plan. Click here to see some of the design concepts.


The Spokane River, of course, runs through it. The citizen's advisory committee made a point of improving walkways and viewpoints to the river. At the same time, the Spokane Park Board has partnered with the Spokane Tribe of Indians to establish a Riverfront Park Spokane Tribal Heritage Committee. The committee will develop interpretive signage to tell the 9,000 plus year story of native culture in the area, with Canada Island being a particular focus. Read More 

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