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Avista holds various ownership and easement interests in approximately 1,041 acres of land within our Spokane River Project boundary. Of those, 794 acres are associated with our Long Lake Hydroelectric Development, 6 acres with the Nine Mile Hydroelectric Development, 2.5 acres with the Monroe Street and Upper Falls developments, and 161 acres with the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development.

These interests are integral to our operations and we're committed to managing the use of our lands responsibly and in a manner that balances public recreational use with appropriate levels of cultural and natural resource protection. To this end, we have developed a Land Use Management Plan that facilitates decisions and provides direction regarding natural resource management, land use classifications, compatible activities, noxious weed control measures, and public access.

The Land Use Management Plan includes the following goals:

  • Provide a balanced approach to natural resource management, including control of terrestrial noxious weeds.
  • Provide appropriate protection and management of cultural resources.
  • Engage stakeholders in the development and implementation of land management plans to minimize management conflicts.
  • Protect and enhance public use of project lands and waters while maintaining consistency with cultural and natural resource protection needs.
  • Comply with environmental regulations, including federal, state and local land use policies and requirements.

We work closely with other land management agencies to improve recreational opportunities and public access. Numerous public roads, trails, parks, and recreation areas lie adjacent to the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs around our Spokane River Project, providing easy access to recreation sites within our Project boundary. 

Project lands associated with Post Falls Hydroelectric Development (Falls and Q’emiln Park) are managed by the Post Falls Park and Recreation Department. Project lands associated with the Long Lake Hydroelectric Development are primarily undeveloped in nature, with the exception of the Nine Mile Recreation Area (formerly Nine Mile Resort), which is managed by Washington State Parks.

The undeveloped Project lands surrounding Lake Spokane are managed for open-space and dispersed non-motorized day-use recreation, boat-in-only camping, and wildlife conservation under an agreement with Washington State Parks. We have incorporated 200 feet of our Lake Spokane property shoreline (approximately 320 acres) into Project lands to manage for habitat, wildlife, recreation, and resource protection. We do not allow grazing or agricultural uses to occur on project lands.

Refer to our land use management maps for details.

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Land Use Management Plans and Reports

Avista worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, as it developed the Spokane River Land Use Management Plan. 

The Plan describes land uses within the Project boundary, including terrestrial, recreational, and cultural resources. It also includes natural resource protection and public access policies and management actions that apply to the use of Avista owned Project lands.

Spokane River Project

Spokane River Land Use Management Plan, March 2016

Spokane River Land Use Management Plan, June 2010

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Land Use Contacts

The regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders that Avista works with on the land use issues and their website information is provided below:

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

City of Post Falls Parks and Recreation

Kootenai County Parks and Waterways

Kootenai County Noxious Weed Control Board

Lincoln County Weed Control Board

Spokane County Weed Control Board

Stevens County Weed Control Board

Washington State Weed Control Board

Spokane County Conservation District

Stevens County Conservation District

Lake Spokane Chamber of Commerce Stewardship Committee

For more information about Avista’s land use activities, please contact:

Rene' Wiley
Recreation, Land Use and Cultural Resource Specialist
Avista Utilities
1411 E. Mission Ave., MSC-1
Spokane, WA. 99202
Office: (509) 495-2919

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