Britta Mireley joins FSPW as Assistant Program Coordinator

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness recently welcomed a new staff member in their effort to achieve Wilderness designation for their proposal on the Idaho-Montana border northeast of Clark Fork. As Nathan Mynatt moves on (to South America), Britta Mireley moves in to replace him. Britta began work on April 13 and will be a permanent full-time employee.

Britta, her husband Josh and their two shelter cats moved to North Idaho from Colorado in 2015 in search of fewer crowds on the ski slopes and more trees in general and haven’t regretted the decision for a second. One clear day at the top of the Great Escape Quad, and the Mireleys were hooked. Britta can’t get enough fresh air whether she’s skiing, camping, running, gardening or relaxing on a patio. The cats can’t get enough North Idaho bird watching. When she’s not enjoying the great outdoors, Britta can be found DIYing a major remodel on their home in Sagle.

Britta grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming and has been on the slopes since she was 3 years old. She’s skied all over the Western United States and Austria. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a B.S. in Marketing and in 2013 from The George Washington University with her Masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Destination Management. The coursework was  geared toward sustainability from both an environmental and financial perspective. Britta has worked in tourism at the state level, spent 5 years working in historic downtown revitalization and community development in Wyoming and has dabbled in databases and blogging. She’s eager to take her previous experiences and put them to use with Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Britta’s looking forward to putting down roots in Bonner County and the ability to bicycle to work during the summer. She enjoyed helping to preserve communities’ history through their built environments and is thrilled to switch gears and help preserve the natural environment for future generations.

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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