Posts Tagged ‘Announcements’

September 28th – Friends of the Forest Day!

Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

trail workJoin the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and the National Forest Foundation during National Public Lands Day, September 28th!  To celebrate, we will be tackling trail work on Morris Creek trail, a tributary to the beautiful Lightening Creek Treasured Landscape, and working our way back to an end of the summer BBQ at the trailhead.

We will begin at 9am at the Morris Creek trailhead (trail 132, access from FS rd 419), north of Clarks Fork, ID, with a safety talk and then get friendly with our public lands as we sculpt a pathway through the forest.  All tools and safety gear will be provided.  After a little sweat, we will convene back at the trailhead at 3pm for a mid-afternoon BBQ in appreciation of our National Forests and Wilderness Lands and the community who supports it!!

Join us for part or all of this event!  Sign up to attend this event at this link.  Or for more information , contact us at


Pend Orielle River Natural History

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013

WDC open house flyerJoin us at the Waterlife Discovery Center for a day of ecology along the Pend Orielle River Complex.  Jack Nesbit will be offering lectures on natural history of the river and its flora.  The Waterlife Discovery Center is a wonderful place to visit, with an interpretive trail and aquatic life viewing pond.

This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17th, from 10am until 2pm.  In addition to Mr. Nesbit, several area exhibitors will be present with great information on regional ecology.  The Waterlife Discovery Center is located at the fish hatchery on Lakeshore Drive in Sagle, on the shore of beautiful Lake Pend Orielle.  Check it out!

Scotchman visitor likes what we do.

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Dan Krabacher visited the MCC trail crew on Star Peak this week and writes:

“The Friends of Scotchman Peaks are doing great work, not only in getting Scotchman turned into a wilderness but in doing it in a way that engages everyone instead of creating opposing camps fighting each other.  Even though the Scotchmans are not yet a designated wilderness, overwhelming success has already been achieved by raising awareness of what we have up here and how stewardship can include all members of our community who hold varied beliefs and interests.  That is preservation.”

Thanks, Dan!

2013 High School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness received over 50 entries to their 2013 edition of their annual essay competition for high school seniors from Bonner, Sanders and Lincoln Counties. A cash award and certificate were awarded to student writers from Troy, Libby, Thompson Falls and Noxon, Montana, high schools; as well as Sandpoint, Clark Fork and Lake Pend Oreille High Schools in Idaho.

The winners were Alex Walt, Thompson Falls (best overall); Alexandra Kremes, Sandpoint; Brandon Piazzola, Noxon; Makayla Cichosz-King, Libby; Kieri McCommas, Lake Pend Oreille High; Cassidy Smith, Clark Fork; and Michaela Curry, Troy. Analisa Armbruster of Sandpoint received an honorable mention.

Read all the winning essays in out Blog. You will find links to the winning essays here.

Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

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Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Longleaf Wilderness Medicine Institute present

Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

June 25th&26, or June 29th&30th

at the Waterlife Discovery Center on Lakeshore Dr, Sagle, ID

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are training our Project Lead Volunteers who will be directing volunteer crews in stewardship activities in the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area.  And because we can, FSPW would like to take the opportunity to open enrollment for this course to any of our Friends who may be interested!

Longleaf Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness First Aid is an introductory level course and is perfect for outdoor adventurers, people who hunt and fish, Scouts and their parents, and anyone who would like to increase their ability to respond to emergencies when help is more than just a phone call away.   During our Wilderness First Aid courses, you will learn how to assess patients, provide basic life support, treat common injuries and illness, and decide when to call for more help. You’ll learn strategies for prevention of injuries, as well as hands-on skills like splinting, wound care, and managing spine injuries.  The WFA course is 16 hours, taking place over two days. In addition to hands on skills practice, several realistic simulations will occur during the course to refine your skills.   After the course, you’ll walk away feeling more prepared to handle medical emergencies, treat minor problems, and improvise solutions when help is not available.   Longleaf’s Wilderness First Aid course is recognized by the American Camp Association .
Prerequisites    – 16 years of age or older      – Hold a current Adult CPR certification

The cost of this course is $150.  There is a CPR certification session available on the evening of 6/24th and 6/28th for those who need it.  If you have any questions regarding this course, or if you would like to attend, please contact for more informantion.

Thank you so much for your support!

Wilderness Ranger Apprenticeship Campout

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Hike leaders don't have to be waterproof, but some days it helps.

    Looking to find a career working for wilderness?

   Join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness ‘Wilderness Ranger Apprenticeship’ Campout  September 21 and 22

This is a weekend of supervised fun and work for junior-becoming-senior high school students.   Youth from Lincoln, Sanders and Bonner County will camp near the Star Peak Historic Trail reconstruction project on Saturday night, and learn trail-building skills and get hands-on experience creating wilderness trails.  These skills and experiences will be of value when seeking employment with the Forest Service or state forestry agencies. Youth will also learn Leave-No-Trace principles as well as have a chance to experience commonality across our regional borders with the coming goal of supporting our fantastic local wilderness lands.  This is a free event, but space is limited.  Read more and find the registration form at

Come hiking with Friends!

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013
Looking For Wilderness on Our Horizon

Looking For Wilderness on Our Horizon


IT’S SUMMER!!!  Have you signed up for a hike yet?  This is a great chance for those new to the area to get local expertise while taking a beautiful walk through the wilderness!  We have a hike for everyone, from easy family hikes to overnight trips for experienced bushwhackers.  Come join us for one of our organized hikes and see first hand why the Scotchman Peaks deserve the protection of wilderness designation.

Group size is limited and reservations are required.  To sign up contact the hike leader listed.

View our Hiking Schedule now on our Hikes page.   If you can’t make one of these scheduled hikes, be sure to visit our “Self-Styled Hikes” page.  For more information, please contact




Treasured Landscape Plant Surveys

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

SpringBeautyRegistration for our 2013 Treasured Landscape Plant Surveys is now open!!!  This year, The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are partnering with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) to conduct restoration in the newly designated Treasured Landscape Lightening Creek drainage complex.  This project is in its Step One phase, which entails several botanical surveys throughout the drainage.  We need volunteer assistance for two types of surveys, you may volunteer for all types or simply pick the one you are interested in:

1.) Adopt a Trail.  This survey involves identifying noxious weed encroachment along one of nine trails of concern.  Volunteers will be assigned a trail to survey, be given specific instructions on conducting the surveys during a two-day Weed ID course, and then perform the survey by the end of July.

2.)  Alpine Surveys.  This survey involves hiking up into alpine ecosystems.  There are single day events as well as multiple day backpacking trips available to choose to participate in.  Volunteers will be assigned a date and a crew to perform the surveys, attend a three day course on plant identification and survey techniques, and then see through the survey on the date they are assigned.

If you have not yet filled out the Application of Interest for this stewardship project, please follow the link and do so now.  Approval of your application by FSPW staff is required before continuing the registration process.

Our official Treasured Landscape Plant Surveys Registration Form can be found at the following web page:

We look forward your involvement in this incredible opportunity!