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This 606.47-acre conservation area was acquired in 2011 (with a 54.47-acre addition in 2022 thanks to Inland NW Land Conservancy!) with Conservation Futures funding. A mile south of I-90 and within a 25-minute drive of 600,000 people, this property is an example of shrub steppe habitat that's remained relatively intact over the past century.
Over 7 miles of trail wind throughout the property, exploring canyons that embrace year-round springs and climbing ridge tops with views of Liberty Lake, Mount Spokane, and Saltese Flats. Because of it's openness, the Saltese Uplands is a great place to view wildlife. White-tailed deer, badger, coyote, and bobcats have been sighted. There is also a notable concentration of raptors (hawks, eagles, etc.) that use the updrafts created by the topography of the "uplands" to hunt throughout the conservation area and adjacent Saltese Flats.
Spokane County Public Works Department acquired several hundred acres of the Saltese Flats adjacent to the "Uplands" in 2010 with the goal of restoring the historic wetlands. You can learn more about that restoration project.