Trail #65 Workday was a big success.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and the Forest Service joined forces June 19 in a cooperative workday to do some much-needed maintenance on Trail #65, the route to Scotchman Peak. Seventeen Friends and a six-man saw crew from the Sandpoint District of the Panhandle National Forest vastly improved the trail over six hours of hard work.

Mary Ann Hamilton, Trails and Recreation Director on the Sandpoint District coordinated the Forest Service side of the day, supplying tools, gloves, water, direction and cookies to volunteers. The Forest Service also recognized FSPW volunteers Jim and Sandii Mellen for their efforts on the trail in the aftermath of last fall’s microburst storm that dropped dozens of trees across the trail.

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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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