ICL’s Rick Johnson will give the keynote at the 2017 State of the Scotchmans.

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by »
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FSPW annual meeting is 6 pm, Thursday, June 1, at the Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison, Sandpoint.

Twelve years ago, when Phil Hough, executive director of Friends and Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW), needed advice regarding how to go about beginning a wilderness campaign for the Scotchman Peaks, he called Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation League (ICL). Since that beginning, FSPW and ICL have been partners, working hand in hand to achieve Wilderness designation for the Scotchmans, and when Hough needs a little advice, he still calls Johnson.

Johnson, who might be called the leading statesman of conservation work in Idaho, will be the keynote speaker for the annual State of the Scotchmans meeting, to be held on June 1 at the Forrest Bird Charter School beginning at 6 pm. Johnson, in his executive director’s role at ICL, has seen the Owyhee and Boulder-White Cloud Wildernesses become reality, and helped build ICL from an startup non-profit into a powerful voice for land and water conservation in Idaho, with ripple effects into other states as well.

“Rick is one of the most well informed and inspirational speakers on public land policy and wilderness in Idaho — and the larger nation, for that matter,” Hough said, “and we are exceptionally pleased to have him come talk to us.”

In addition to Johnson’s address, FSPW will be awarding their volunteer-of-the-year the Old Goat Award, as well as other certificates of appreciation for some of the many people who give time and talents to the FSPW triad of advocacy, stewardship and education. Hough will give an update on the continuing effort for designation, including the efforts of Senator Risch and his staff to produce legislation making the Idaho Scotchmans a Wilderness.

The public is invited to this free event on Thursday, June 1 beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy complementary appetizers, no-host beverages from Eichardt’s pub and the company of friends; and become informed about the FSPW effort to make the Scotchman Peaks part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

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