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Willow Warriors

May 12, 2018

willow warrors

Willow WarriorsDue to a rain out, we re-scheduled one day of Willow Warriors for Saturday, May 12. Spring has sprung and this means that the Hangman Creek Willow Warrior Weekend is just around the corner!!!  The re-scheduled date for 2018 is Saturday, May May 12th.   Hopefully this year we can round up another group of committed volunteers, representing a mix of organizations, including Spokane River Forum, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, The Lands Council, Spokane Community College and any other interested groups.  New-comers are always welcome!

This year, we have 3,000 mixed species of native willow to plant between the two days.  I can’t believe it, but this will be our 10 year anniversary for this event!  Every year it is so exciting to get out there see what’s getting established from the previous years in both of our target reaches…  The first reach, between Latah and Waverly, has really started to show a favorable response with numerous willow plantings becoming well established since we first began our quest more than ten years ago!!!  The second reach, between the mouth of California Creek and the mouth of Stevens Creek, just upstream of the Hangman Valley Golf Course, similar to the first reach, has also begun to show some great willow establishment over the last few years.  We are really making a huge difference out there people!!!

-Dan Ross, Spokane Conservation District

Warning!!! Space for this event is limited by the number of canoes that we have available to us.  At this point, we can only accommodate a maximum of 16-20 people per day (8-10 canoes),unless some of you wish to bring your own canoes/kayaks (please let me know if you plan to bring your own).  In the interest of fairness, please be aware that we will be operating the event on a first-come-first-served basis, so signing up early is highly encouraged.  My goal is to also have an evenly dispersed number of folks from various organizations in order to create a networking atmosphere during the event.

Spokane Conservation DistrictVolunteers are encouraged to fill in their information legibly and accurately on the attached sign-up sheet.  Also, please understand the importance of keeping your commitment to attending on the days that you sign up for.  This really helps the coordinator in determining the number of canoes and equipment that are necessary for each event.  It is imperative that each applicant provide the required information for each individual registering (Name, personal/emergency contact #s, birth-date and attendance date) and submit to Daniel ASAP.  This will allow Dan the necessary time to organize the equipment and process the volunteer waiver forms for each organization.

Please find links below to the sign-up sheet/agenda for the event and the Adult/Minor Liability Waiver forms that must be completed for each volunteer in order to participate in the event.  Please contact Daniel Ross at Spokane Conservation District ASAP if you have any questions.

Form Downloads

Proposed Agenda (Saturday May 12th):
8:30 am: Meet at the Conservation District offices (210 N. Havana), organize the troops
9:00 am: Depart for the put-in site, located off Valley Chapel Rd.
10:00 am: Arrive at the put-in site, gear up, safety discussion, and planting instructions.
10:30 am: Depart from put-in via canoes, plant willows along the way, enjoy the ride…
Noon-ish: Break for lunch
3:00 pm: Arrive at the take-out site, near Hangman Valley Golf Course, transport drivers to put-in**
3:30 pm: Depart for Conservation District offices
4:30 pm: Arrive back at Conservation District offices

Personal Gear Requirements:
Water compliant clothing & shoes (recommend waders if weather is colder)
Zip Lock bags for keys, wallets etc.
Pruning shears
Sun block
Sack lunch, beverages



May 12, 2018
Event Category:


Hangman Creek


Dan Ross
(509) 535-7274 ext. 229