Coming Up: Wildlife, wolverines and wild life.

On the horizon for the Friends, we are sponsoring the International Wildlife Film Festival in Libby on Feb. 11. The showing will be at the Little Theater at 724 Louisiana in Libby at 7:00. Admission is free, but bring a nonperishable food item and we will deliver it to the Libby Food Pantry.

February 20 will be the official world premier of the short film, En Plein Air from Wildman Pictures. The film, which will be showed at the Little Panida Theater, was shot during the Extreme Plein Air hike in the Scotchman Peaks last summer and features artists Aaron Johnson, Jared Shear and David Herbold, gallery owner Kally Thurman of Hope and a cast of — well about a dozen, we think. View the interior of the Scotchmans through the lense of the camera crew and the eyes of the artists. Invitations will go out soon.

March 17, 18 and 19, FSWP brings wolverine expert Doug Chadwick, author of The Wolverine Way, to Trout Creek and Troy, Montana and Sandpoint to give a presentation on his favorite mustelid. The wolverine is currently being searched for in the Scotchmans as part of a research project undertaken jointly by Idaho Fish and Game; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; and the US Forest Service.

Check back in for times and venues for Chadwick.

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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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