James T. Slavin Conservation Area
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 & 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 Audubon checklist for Slavin).
Click here for a trail map of the James T. Slavin Conservation Area (829 KB pdf) Full size print-out is 11 x 17, but can be scaled to 8.5 x 11.
- 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
- Take US 195 South at the Colfax/Pullman exit, #279
- Drive south on 195 for approximately 8.4 miles
- Turn right (west) on Washington Road, drive to the 'T' intersection with Keeney Road
- Turn right (north) on Keeney Road; parking is immediately on the left
- The James T. Slavin Conservation Area borders Keeney Road for 1/2 mile
Special attractions at the James T. Slavin Conservation Area include:
- Easy to medium hiking trails over 628 acres in the Rosa Butte area - NOTE! Currently a portion of the loop trail is inundated with water in the northwest corner of the property. County Parks is working on a solution to this problem and appreciates your patience.
- Trailhead Parking Area.
- Wildlife observation, including large mammals and various species of upland and migratory birds