Posts Tagged ‘Events’

The Sixth Annual Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paintout

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

2013PleinAirPostcardWebThe 6th Annual Scotchmans Plein Air Paint Out comes to Hope, Idaho, the first weekend of October (4th-6th). Two dozen artists will fan out in and around the Wilderness on Friday and Saturday, returning with fresh oil and watercolor creations to be framed, hung, viewed, judged, and sold on Sunday afternoon from 1-4PM at the Hope Marketplace.

Marilyn McIntyre, who won the first place prize last year, will judge this year’s event, and the artists will also choose their favorite painting.  In addition, it is well worth the drive to Hope this year to look through the Folio, an inspirational creation by Marilyn at last year’s show.

Each artist generously donated a painting with a favored quotation that assembled together have created an unique book that beautifully and eloquently shows their passion for nature and our treasured wilderness.  On behalf of the artists, Marilyn will donate the completed Folio to the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness at 1:30PM prior to the awarding of the prizes and the opening of the show – don’t miss it!


Highway 200 Cleanup Day

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Join Jacob Styer and other FSPW volunteers on the annual cleanup of our adopted two miles of Idaho 200. “Our” stretch of the highway begins at the drift yard at the east end of Lake Pend Oreille and proceeds east two miles toward Clark Fork. Lunch is provided by FSPW. Contact

Riparian and Wetlands Class with Brian Baxter.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

BrianJoin our excellent outdoor instructor Brian Baxter for a day of fun and learning about the wet and wild places in and around the Scotchman Peaks. Brian has 35-plus years of outdoor experience to share with you. Meet at the Heron Community Center at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, 10 Mountain, for a short classroom session, then transition to shorelines and wetlands along the Clark Fork and Bull Rivers. Bring lunch, camera, wading shoes and your curiosity. Contact Brian at

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!

Full Moon Over the Scotchmans

Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013
 On Thursday, September 19th, we will carpool to within 1 1/2 miles of Loveland Peak and its adjacent ridge system. Moonrise is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and it will illuminate the entire south facing slopes of the Scotchman and Cabinet Wilderness. We’ll howl and feast and dance before returning to the valley floor sometime around midnight. Meet in “downtown” Noxon at the park at 5:30 p.m. (MT)

MCC Crew assist to Star Peak

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

July 29, Friends volunteers will assist the Montana Conservation Corp by hauling food and equipment from the end of road to the Star Peak lookout. Volunteers will hike unburdened  (using the new trail as far as possible) to the old Squaw Peak sign, and then take on a load to take to the lookout. MCC is coming to work on the Star Gulch trail July 29 through August 7. They will be camping at Star Peak.

Every pound that FSPW can lift for MCC will be time saved for them to work on the trail in Star Gulch. Hikers will have the option of walking out Star Gulch at the end of the day.

A Scotchman Fourth of July

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Goat_FlagMarch, ride, or watch, but wear your Scotchman Peaks swag!

Each year, from Sandpoint to Noxon, Friends march for wilderness in parades. It’s fun and a great chance to show off your Scotchman t-shirts, hats, bandanas and sweatshirts (we hope you don’t NEED the sweatshirts, though). Sign up to walk or show up in your swag and watch. Every bit of support showed is greatly appreciated.

This year, Phil Degens, our Scotchman Peaks Old Goat of the Year, will be riding on the Republican Womens’ Float with representatives from other nonprofits and civic groups in the Sandpoint parade. Remember to wave, Phil!

We will also have our booth at the Troy Fourth Celebration again, a good chance to meet Lincoln County Friends and invite others to get to know about our proposal.

To sign up for the Sandpoint parade, contact:; Clark Fork parade:; Heron, Noxon parades:; Troy booth: