The vision of the Dishman Hills Conservancy is a vibrant and contiguous ecosystem in the Dishman Hills area, permanently protected, well managed and recognized as an asset for the community.
Integrity Stewardship Advocacy
Our mission is to conserve the lands within the Dishman Hills, Dishman Ridge and Tower Mountain areas. We work towards this goal by collaboration with private land owners, other organizations and government entities with a similar vision. We steward these lands using high standards of land trust management and we advocate for their value as a natural and educational resource.
1. Wildlife habitat requiring an unbroken corridor at least 300 feet wide.
2. Native plant and ecosystem protection.
3. Education of youth and adults about nature and the outdoors.
4. Recreation and fitness with a "Dream Trail" 12-miles long.
5. A view shed of forested slopes for much of Spokane
The Dishman Hills Conservancy in partnership with Spokane County Parks and Recreation and the Washington Department of Natural Resources is responsible for management and stewardship of the Dishman Hills Natural Area and several other properties along the Dishman Hills.
The primary purpose of the management plan is natural resource protection. All uses directly involving people and management activities will be allowed only where they will not adversely affect the quality of the site's natural resources and not disrupt long-term ecological process. The focus is on education and research.
Opportunities for public access for education and low impact recreation will be allowed if they do not adversely affect the resource values the area was intended to protect. Read the Management Agreement here.
Expansion of the Natural area was recommended to support viable populations of most native mammals observed in the Hills and also to preserve their habitat. It was stated that a corridor at least 1500 meters wide connecting Dishman Hills with Tower Mountain should be maintained through land purchase or easements with land owners on Dishman Ridge.
Dishman Hills Conservancy (formerly known as the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association), as a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, is able to accept donations as dollars, land, stocks, bequests, or estate planned gifting to provide this corridor. The Big Rock purchase added more habitat at the south end of the corridor. Iller Creek Conservation Area (Conservation Futures) is another important addition. This was later sold to the Spokane County Conservation Futures program. The latest acquisition consists of 296 acres and is a major accomplishment toward the completion of the wildlife corridore and Dream Trail.
Please join us on the hikes sponsored by the Dishman Hills alliance groups to learn about the native plants, birds, geology and future plans for Dishman Hills along the "Dream Trail".
DHNAA 2010 Form 990
DHNAA 2011 Form 990
DHC 2012 Form 990
Monthly Board Meetings and January General Membership Meeting
We meet every month on the third Tuesday, 7 PM normally at Moran Prairie Spokane County Library, 6004 South Regal Street, Spokane, Washington.
Starting with our annual membership meeting in January, we usually meet each month except July and August, when we take a summer break. The January annual membership meeting starts at 7 PM and the January meeting follows immediately after. Board members are elected at the annual membership meeting for two year terms.
May and June meetings are often in the lodge at Camp Caro so call Michael Hamilton, 747-8147, to verify place and time.
Minutes, Notes and Reports
This information is available upon logon by registered members or by request.
Annual Meeting of the Dishman Hills Conservancy
Traditionally the Third Tuesday of January.
This is the most important meeting of the year, though often very short. Trustees (Board members) are elected by the general membership. Other business may also be discussed or acted upon. The minimum number of trustees is three. The maximum number of trustees is fifteen (15). The Board should have a balance of trustees so close to half are up for election each year. Board officers are elected by the Board. Trustee vacancies may be filled for the unexpired term by a majority vote of the Board at any Board meeting. A trustee needs to be a general member, but there is no minimum length of time before a member is eligible to serve on the Board.
General membership includes any individual, corporation, partnership, association or other entity that has paid dues within the past 12 months, but a minimum of 6 months is required before a new member may vote in the Annual Meeting.
Each member has the right to cast one vote at the Annual Meeting. A member must have been a member at least 6 months in order to vote at the Annual Meeting. All rules of order at the meeting and all questions of order "shall be decided by the Chair without debate." Chair is the President or Vice President, or in their absence a chair chosen by the trustees present. (See Article II of the December 18, 2004 Bylaws)
Annual Meeting starts with a reading and emendation/approval of the previous annual meeting's minutes. Annual treasurer's report and other reports may follow. Nomination and election of new trustees may conclude the annual meeting. The meeting may end within 15 minutes, so don't be late.
January Board Meeting, including the trustees previously elected in the Annual Meeting, opens immediately after the Annual Meeting is adjourned. January Board Meeting starts with reading of minutes from the last Board Meeting (November meeting of previous year, usually). This meeting may go on for two hours, and is open to the public. January Board Meeting satisfies the Bylaw requirement for an Annual Board Meeting immediately following the Annual (General) Meeting. Quorum is a majority of the trustees. Only trustees are entitled to vote. (See Article III of the Restated Bylaws)
Place of meeting is normally Moran Prairie Spokane County Library, 6004 South Regal Street, Spokane, WA., however the May and June meetings are often in the lodge at Camp Caro.
Current Board of Directors
Jeff Lambert, President
Michael Hamilton, Vice President
Beal Lackaff, Secretary
Kris Wolbach, Treasurer
McDirmid Mikkelsen & Secrest, P.S.
Dix Farm, Inc - Farming and Polo Horses
Windermere - Real Estate
Kop Construction Co. Inc.
Lill Construction Co.
Employer Data Pending
Christopher PolitoProvidence Health and Services
Stay at Home Dad
Northwest Trustee and Management Services
Ph.D. Psychologist, Retired
- Land Conservation (Chair, Andrew Ashmore)
- Land Stewardship (Chair, Christopher Polito)
- Education (Chair, Beal Lackaff)
- Friends of the Dishman Hills Conservancy (Chair, Steve Trefts)
- Development (Chair, David Schaub)
- Outreach (Open Position)
- Finance (Chair, Andrew Ashmore)
- Governance (Open Position)