In 2015, we celebrate ten years of advocacy, stewardship and education.

Beginning with a gala celebration on Friday, January 9, in Sandpoint, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will fete ten years of advocacy, stewardship and education based in and around the proposed Wilderness area just northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho. Born on January 14, 2005, the Friends group was formed as an advocacy effort to achieve Congressional Wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks. In the ensuing decade, the mission has expanded to include stewardship of the area, including trail maintenance and citizen scientists.

To mark the occasion, FSPW invites their friends to gather at the Tango Cafe in the atrium of Columbia Bank (formerly Panhandle State Bank) for an evening of fellowship, food, fun (and, yes, some fundraising) and live music. Beginning at 5:30, jazz and blues singer Samantha Carstens and guitarist Truck Mills will provide before-dinner entertainment and a festive background for a silent auction of cool outdoor stuff and local treasures. After a dinner catered by Tango, John Hastings will apply his wit and enthusiasm to a “limited edition” live auction; just a few unique items and opportunities; including an evening of entertainment from our opening act. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, and some historic wilderness luminaries will visit to help us celebrate.

Tickets are $40 and available now online right here! You may also purchase tickets by sending a check for the appropriate number of tickets to FSPW Ten-Year Tickets, P.O. 2061, Sandpoint, ID, 83864. Purchases will be acknowledged and you may claim your tickets at the door.

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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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