Congrats to Ken Thacker, “Old Goat” of 2015

Weeds have nightmares about Ken Thacker and his lethal spray tank. Especially the ones in the Scotchman Peaks, where Ken has done more than anyone else to mitigate the spread of weeds in impacted areas. To thank him for striking fear into the hearts fast-growing knapweed across the land, the Friends of Scotchman Peaks named Ken the “Old Goat of the Year,” making him a part of the exclusive and highly honored “Old Goat Club.”

Thanks so much to Ken for all that he has done, and will continue to do – weeds are never defeated!

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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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