At the recent Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) annual gathering, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness program director, Sandy Compton, was honored for his work to preserve Wilderness, both on the job and as a volunteer with a “Brass Lantern Award.”
Here’s how MWA describes the Brass Lantern Award: “The Brass Lantern Awards (7 recipients annually) are given to members and non-members alike, for leadership and taking action that promotes wilderness, quiet trails, and responsible management by managing agencies.”
In presenting the award, former MWA President and FSPW Board Chair, Doug Ferrell, described Sandy’s contributions to Wilderness:
“Sandy’s family settled in Sanders County in the early 1900’s, and he still lives on the land that his great grandparents settled. The land is located at the base of the Scotchman Peaks and several of the peaks are name[d] after his family. Sandy has been a tireless wilderness advocate for the protection and stewardship of family wildlands. He is a powerful storyteller and has worked for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since it was founded over ten years ago and has supported MWA as a solid partner and member. I cannot think of a more deserving brass-lantern recipient.”
Sandy was unable to attend the MWA gathering to accept the award, as he was busy that weekend teaching school kids how to build trail, stockpiling water at an alpine cache site for whitebark pine restoration project and helping to put on the FSPW Thompson Falls Picnic. So, Doug brought the award back and presented it to Sandy at a FSPW picnic held in Thompson Falls on Sunday, Sept. 11.