Friends visit Friends in Spokane

FSPW exec Phil Hough and program coordinator Sandy Compton traveled to Spokane on November 1 to give a presentation to Jon Isacoff’s environmental studies class about the Friends’ mission to achieve wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks. Given the nature of the audience, Hough focused as much on the nuts and bolts of Friends-style advocacy as on the effort itself. FSPW is known for its grass-roots, non-confrontational style of political action. Part of the strategy of FSPW to stick to a very basic agenda and to not entangle the group in many of the aspects of the wilderness “argument.”

The following evening, Compton returned to Spokane as part of a panel on global warming, also presented at Gonzaga by the St. Aloysius Parish as part of the Faith and Environment Network.

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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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