Baumgartner suggests borrowing to conserve Pilcher property in Latah Valley

Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner hinted Tuesday that his office might be willing to lend out the cash necessary to purchase and conserve 48 acres of unspoiled land in the Latah Valley.

Spokane-area leaders and conservation groups are interested in sparing the agricultural land from residential development, but so far haven’t been able to scrounge up the capital to buy it.

The property is currently at a proverbial fork in the road – it will either be cut up into 94 residential lots or conserved.

Landowner John Pilcher nominated the property for a Spokane County Conservation Futures Program grant at the city of Spokane’s request in 2016, but enough

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