Public land closures, ‘Stay Home’ orders highlight green space inequalities

March 26, 2020

The Spokesman-Review explores the effects of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on Spokane, and also discusses how the order highlights unequal access to green space.

“This is just a really bizarre and interesting opportunity to witness the value of these lands as a public health resource,” said Dave Schaub, the executive director of the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy.

The crowds Schaub and others have seen may be harbingers of what is to come as the region grows, he said. And the lack of access for some, often obscured by our ability to jump in a car and drive somewhere else, is vividly clear now.

“We recognize that our natural lands and our outdoor recreation are crucial to our mental and physical health and wellness all the time,” Schaub said. “And perhaps especially now when there are fewer options available to us.”

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