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.....

Links to groups and individuals who endorse Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks Roadless area

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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.)

Idaho Trails Association – February 2018

The board of Idaho Trails Association have approved support of Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks. They join a long list of supporters for the proposal!


Idaho Backcountry Hunters & Anglers – February 2018

The Idaho Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers have endorsed Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks. “The Idaho Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is the ‘Sportsmen’s Voice for Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife’ and we represent over 900 members throughout Idaho. As an organization we are dedicated to ensuring access and opportunity for hunters and anglers on public lands and waters while promoting the principles of fair chase. It is under these tenets that we support the proposed Wilderness Designation of the Idaho portion of Scotchman Peaks.” Read the rest of their letter to the Friends here.


Spokane Mountaineers – February 2018

As long supporters of Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks, the Spokane Mountaineers have officially endorsed the proposal. “Members [of the club] visit the area every year — not just [the portions] accessible by trail but off-trail as well, and the pictures they bring back are of a wild area that deserves protection.” –Luke Bakken, Conservation Chair. See their letter to the Friends here.


Kinnkinnick Native Plant Society – November 2017

Ken Thacker, President of the Kinnkinnick Native Plant Society, 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.




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.










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.












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)



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)




Montana Wildlife Federation – February 2009

The 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.


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. (note: this is a scanned JPG – 76kb – that will open in a new window)


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. (note: this is a scanned GIF – 68kb – that will open in a new window)


City of Thompson Falls – July 2006

From the City of Thompson Falls comes 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. (note: this is a scanned JPG – 108 kb – that will open in a new window)



Kinnikinnik Native Plant Society – 2006

The 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)



Bonner County Commissioners – January 2006

The Bonner County Commissioners sent 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)