Fundraising Challenge Grant Announced

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2006

Dear Friend of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness,

We are excited to announce that the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness has been awarded a $5,000 “Challenge” grant by the Cinnabar Foundation!!

In order to receive these funds we need your help to raise matching contributions. The sooner we raise the matching funds the sooner that Cinnabar will release the grant money and the more effective our campaign will be.

Many of you answered our call in 2005 and agreed to become a Friend of Scotchman Peak. Your support and contributions have helped us to achieve the community outreach and education necessary to moving forward a proposal for wilderness in the Scotchmans. (See below the list of the accomplishments you have helped us bring about.)

Your 2006 donation will allow us to receive this matching grant, which will provide significant help to us in continuing these programs and publications. We hope to reach our goal of matching donations by Oct 1st, sooner if possible.

Please send checks payable to the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, in any amount, to:

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
PO Box 2061
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Your support, now, will help us bring wilderness protection to the Scotchmans.

Thank You!

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Executive Committee

Phil Hough
Jan Griffitts
Doug Ferrell
Neil Wimberley
Carol Jenkins
Lexie de Fremery
Cesar Hernandez
Bill Martin

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Together, over the last year, we have all achieved the following successes:

· More than 700 people have signed up to become a Friend of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and support wilderness designation for this special place.

· Recommended Wilderness for the Scotchmans has been endorsed by: the Idaho Native Plant Society, the Governor of Montana, the Mayor of Sandpoint, the Bonner County Commissioners, the Sandpoint City Council, the Ponderay City Council, the Sanders County Ledger and the River Journal.

· We have printed and distributed free of charge newspaper inserts, booklets and brochures to thousands of potential supporters.

· We have set up a comprehensive website introducing a wide audience to our special corner of the Inland Northwest.

· We have produced a bi-monthly newsletter with the information and inspiration needed to create wilderness.

· We have led dozens of hikes to introduce people to the wonder of the Scotchmans.

· Through presentations to civic groups and media relations we have helped to spread knowledge of the benefits wilderness protections can bring.

· We have helped to develop programs for students from Gonzaga University to become involved in supporting the campaign for wilderness protection for the Scotchmans.

· We have monitored the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai Forest plan revision process and forest service projects, which affect the Scotchmans.

Your 2006 donation will allow us to receive this matching grant, which will provide significant help to us in continuing these programs and publications. We hope to reach our goal of matching donations by Oct 1st, sooner if possible.

Thank you!

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