May may be busy around here.

On this last day of April, we are headed for the MWA Convention in Whitefish, “we” being FSPW staff members Phil Hough, Charlie Clough and Sandy Compton, as well as much of our board. We will join like-minded folk from around Montana to think, talk, plan and strategize about the coming year in wilderness advocacy and preservation. FSPW exec Phil Hough will take part in an afternoon panel discussion, Wilderness on our Horizon, and program coordinator Sandy Compton will moderate the event.

May 12 is marked as our annual meeting, The State of the Scotchmans. Join us at the Panida in Sandpoint for a chance to catch up with many of your fellow Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, brews from McDuffs, a little live entertainment, a short State of the Scotchmans presentation, and a showing of the film, “Forever Wild.” Doors open at 6:00.

May 21-23, Wild Idaho, the Idaho Conservation League convention, will be held at Redfish Lake in the Stanley Basin. Phil Hough and Sandy Compton will attend this gathering of Idaho wilderness workers.

May 26 is our Summer Hike Schedule kickoff party, beginning at 5:30 at Ivano’s, First and Pine in Sandpoint, featuring Ivano’s famous $5.00 pizza. If you are interested in our hike series, this is a great place to meet hike leaders and learn about the hike schedule for Summer 2010. Hike leaders will be treated to a pizza and their first beverage.

May 29, fittingly, is the first hike of the season, the Blue Creek Snowpack check. This is a strenuous ramble up the east fork of Blue Creek with different possible outcomes. Depending on water and snow levels may be an out and back with the ultimate destination being Sawtooth Mountain or it could be an open loop beginning in Blue Creek and finishing at the Ross Creek Cedars.

May will be a busy month leading us into a great summer. Join us.

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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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