James T. Slavin Conservation Area
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The property consists of 628 acres located in the Rosa Butte area of the West Plains. The topography is a combination of low, rolling pastures surrounded by high, forested buttes. The property contains a variety of habitat types including ponds, upland pine and fir forests, wetlands, and grassy meadows.
It has been identified by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as an elk calving area and along the waterfowl migratory routes. The property contains a five-acre permanent lake, many seasonal ponds, and has a wetland-stream corridor running north-south through its center.
There are close to 200 acres of permanent and seasonal wetlands on the property. Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf undertook a Wetland Restoration Program through the Natural Resource Conservation Service to restore those wetlands from farmland. A large variety of wildlife use the wetlands and surrounding area for habitat, including 121 species of birds (see the Birds of Slavin Ranch Checklist (PDF)).
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- Wildlife habitat
- Wildlife observation
- Nature trails
- Bird-watching (please see the Audubon Society's Palouse to Pines Loop for more info)
- Equestrian trails
- Cross-country skiing
- Dogs can be disruptive to wildlife and must be kept on a leash at all times while in the conservation area.
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the conservation area.
- Hunting and/or shooting are not permitted at any time in the conservation area.
- No camping or fires are permitted in the conservation area.