Endorsements

The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area has many friends, but you know what they say: “You can never be too wild or have too many friends”……or something like that…..

We Have Received Resolutions of Support or Endorsements From:

Backcountry Hunters/Anglers, MT Ch. Montana Wildlife Federation
Bonner County Commissioners Panhandle Nordic Club
Bonner County Daily Bee Panhandle Trout Unlimited
Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club Pend Oreille Pedalers
Clif Bar and Company Plains – Paradise Chamber of Comm.
Coldwater Creek Plains Grange
Evergreen Magazine City of Ponderay
Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs River Journal
Governor Bullock, Montana Rotary Club of Sandpoint
Governor Schweitzer, Montana (former) Sanders County Ledger
Idaho Conservation League Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce
Idaho Forest Group City of Sandpoint
Idaho Master Naturalists, POC Sandpoint Kiwanis
Idaho Native Plant Society Sandpoint Reader
Idaho Wildlife Federation Spokane Mountaineers
Kinnikinnik Native Plant Society The Spokesman Review
Lewiston Tribune City of Thompson Falls
Libby Rod and Gun Club Twin Falls Times-News
The Missoulian Wildhorse Plains Backcountry Horsemen
Montana Backcountry Horseman

 

News articles and letters endorsing the protection of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area

Read what others have to say about this beautiful and scenic roadless area. (Please note that many of these links are scanned JPG files which will open in a new window, and some PDFs that may either open in a new window or automatically download to your computer, based on your Browser’s settings. PDFs require the free Adobe Reader to view.)


Kinnkinnick Native Plant Society  - November 2017

KNPS President, Ken Thacker, wrote to the Bonner County Commissioners in support of Wilderness designation for the Scotchmans. He highlighted the importance of the area for native plants, specifically in the Lightning Creek Treasured Landscape. Read the KNPS letter here.


Clif Bar and Co.  - November 2017

Clif Bar and Company wrote to Senator Risch on behalf of their more than 1,100 employees to let him know they support Wilderness designation for the Scotchmans. Read the Director of Company Affairs’ letter here.


Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs  - October 2017

The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs reaffirmed their support for Wilderness designation for the Scotchmans in their October 2017 letter to FSPW.


Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited  - June 2017

The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited supports Wilderness designation for the Idaho portion of the Scotchmans because it “will protect and enhance the fishery habitat of Lightning Creek and the lower Clark Fork River.” See their June 2017 letter to Senator Risch here. 


Panhandle Nordic Club  - January 2017

The Panhandle Nordic Club supports “making Scotchman Peaks a wilderness area.”  Read their letter to Senator Jim Risch urging to protect this area due not only to the scenic and recreational value, but also because it would “enhance the economic vitality of the nearby communities.” Take a look at the full letter here.


Pend Oreille Pedalers – January 2017

The Pend Oreille Pedalers bicycle club express their “whole-hearted support for the designation of the Scotchman Peaks roadless area as wilderness.” See why this group of road and mountain bike enthusiasts believe that this area should be protected here.


Idaho Conservation League – December 2016

ICL’s long-term Executive Director, Rick Johnson, wrote to Senator Risch thanking him for introducing the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act and highlighted the many benefits of designating the Idaho portion of the Scotchmans as Wilderness. Read Rick’s letter here.


Twin Falls Times-News – December 2016

The Twin Falls Times-News gave Senator Risch “cheers” for introducing the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act. See the full text of the “Cheers” here.


City of Thompson Falls – June 2016

The City of Thompson Falls has re-affirmed their formal support for Wilderness designation. Their latest letter of support comes after an initial letter in 2006. See the 2016 letter here.


Idaho Wildlife Federation – June 2016

Brian Brooks, Executive Director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, submitted a letter to Idaho’s elected officials asking for their support. See the letter here.


Lewiston Tribune – May 2016

Marty Trillhaase, Editorial Page editor of the Lewiston Tribune, urges Sen. Risch to introduce legislation for the Scotchmans. Read his editorial here.


Evergreen Magazine – April 2016

Founder and President of Evergreen Magazine, Jim Petersen, wrote to Idaho’s delegation fully supporting Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area. Read the letter here.


The Sandpoint ReaderNovember 2015

Cameron Rasmussen, Editor of The Sandpoint Reader expressed his support, as well as that of Publisher Ben Olson for the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Read the Cameron’s piece here.


Idaho Forest Group – October 2015

Marc Brinkmeyer, Owner of Idaho Forest Group, personally delivered this letter to the Idaho congressional delegation in Washington D.C. Read the letter here.


Bonner County Daily Bee – May 2015

Caroline Lobsinger, editor of the Daily Bee agrees that now is the time for the Scotchmans. Read her editorial here.


Missoulian – May 2015

The Missoula paper thinks the Scotchmans should be a wilderness — on both sides of the border Read their editorial here.


Spokane Spokesman Review – May 2015

The Spokesman editorial board recognizes that the Scotchman Peaks are “gaining altitude” Read their opinion here. 


Panhandle Trout Unlimited – May 2015

Don Childress, President of Panhandle Trout Unlimited, wrote Idaho Gov. Butch Otter in support of Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks. Read the letter here.


Idaho Master Naturalists Pend Oreille Chapter – April 2015

Idaho Master Naturalists Pend Oreille Chapter sent a letter to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo asking him to support legislation to designate the Scotchman Peaks as Wilderness. Read their letter here.


Bonner County Commissioners – March 2015

The Commission of Bonner County passes a unanimous resolution asking the United States Congress to designate the Idaho portion of the Scotchman Peaks as Wilderness. The Commissioners’ resolution is found here.


Steve Bulllock, Governor of Montana – March 2015

Montana’s Governor, Steve Bullock, expressed his support for our efforts for wilderness designation in March of 2015. The Governor’s endorsement (PDF file) is available here.


Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce – February 2015

In February, the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Idaho Delegation asking that they introduce legislation to designate the Scotchman Peaks as Wilderness. Read their letter here.


Sanders County Ledger – June 2014

The Sanders County Ledger reiterated their positive take on the Scotchman Peaks proposal. Read the editorial here. 


Coldwater Creek – January 2013

Dennis Pence, Co-Founder and Chairman of Coldwater Creek, Inc., sent us a letter outlining the role our area’s natural landscape – and our efforts to preserve it – played in the decision to locate Coldwater Creek in our area, as well as its ability to hire and retain a “high caliber” of employees – Coldwater Creek, Inc. supports Wilderness designation for Scotchman Peaks (PDF file)


Rotary Club of Sandpoint – May 2011

Matthew Kerr, President of the Rotary Club of Sandpoint, wrote an especially stirring letter of support, which we hope everyone will take the time to read – Rotary Club of Sandpoint endorses Wilderness designation for Scotchman Peaks (PDF file)


Plains Grange – March 2011

Following a presentation by Montana Director and Vice-Chair Doug Ferrell to the Plains Grange, Fred Cavill, President of the Plains Grange sent a letter of support to the Friends of Scotchman Peaks. Read the letter. (PDF file)


Wildhorse Plains Backcountry Horsemen – May 2010

The Wildhorse Plains Backcountry Horsemen club has voted to endorse the proposal of the 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks roadless area for wilderness designation. View the Endorsement (PDF file)


Plains-Paradise Chamber of Commerce – September 2009

The Plains-Paradise Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the approval of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. View the endorsement(100kb JPG which will open in a new window)


Montana Wildlife Federation – February 2009

Montana Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors voted to support wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks area after hearing a presentation on its merits from Libby area representative of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Don Clark. Read the Resolution – 28kb PDF


Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Mont. Chapter – Winter 2009

Ben Long wrote an article titled “Collision Course:  Snowmobiles and Mountain Goats” and highlighted the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ support for the Scotchman Peaks becoming Wilderness to protect  mountain goat habitat.

See page 12 of their Winter 2009 Backcountry Journal for the article and page 13 for the Scotchmans shoutout.


Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs –  2009

The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs passed a resolution supporting Wilderness designation for the Scotchmans. Read the resolution here.


Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club – December 2008

At a meeting following a presentation made by several board members of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks, the majority of members of the Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club voted to support the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. Read the letter from Club President, Robert Weber. (152kb JPG which will open in a new window)


Libby Rod & Gun Club – February 2008

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks are pleased and proud to announce that members of the Libby (MT) Rod & Gun Club have voted to endorse the Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks roadless area. We appreciate their support!

Read the letter from Don Clark, President of the Libby Rod & Gun Club
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Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce – July 2006

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors support the designation and management of the Scotchman Peaks as a wilderness area to ensure our public lands continue to offer the quality of life that our residents desire while protecting its unique qualities for future generations.

Read the letter from Bill Justus, President, Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce
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City of Thompson Falls - July 2006

Such a simple statement, yet so true…..”WHEREAS: Its steep slopes, remote valleys, natural beauty, unique flora and fauna, wildlife habitat, and clean water all suggest that its greatest value would be wilderness”……..we couldn’t agree more!

Read the City Council Resolution
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The River Journal – April 2006

News Article: “Walking Into Heaven” By Trisha Gannon, Publisher


Kinnikinnik Native Plant Society – 2006

Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society encourages government to act in favor of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area………. (Read More)


Ponderay City Council – April 2006

The City of Ponderay supports the designation and management of the Scotchman Peaks as a wilderness area to ensure our public lands continue to offer the quality of life that our residents desire while protecting its unique qualities for future generations. View the Resolution(28kb PDF which will open in a new window)


Sandpoint City Council Resolution – April 2006

The City of Sandpoint supports the designation and management of the Scotchman Peaks as a wilderness area………. (Read More)


Idaho Native Plant Society – February 2006

The Idaho Native Plant Society board passed a resolution endorsing designation of the Scotchman Peaks as Wilderness. View the resolution here.


Bonner County Commissioners – January 2006

Letter: The County Commissioners send a letter to Governor Dick Kempthorne supporting the Scotchman Peaks roadless area’s continuing designation as “Wilderness Area”, along with their support on increased timber sales from Federal Lands in Bonner County….. (Read More)


The Sanders County Ledger – January 2006

The Sanders County Ledger published an editorial in support of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. (Read More) (Please note that this is a scanned .jpg of the article, which will open in a new browser window)


Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana

Montana’s former Governor, Brian D. Schweitzer, supports our efforts for wilderness designation. You can read the Governor’s endorsement (PDF file)