Posts Tagged ‘State of the Scotchmans’

Winds in the Wilderness

Hiker in the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area
Posted on Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Welcome back, summer!

And welcome back Friends! 

This year, your Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have so much in store for you that we are nearly bursting at the seams! We have historic trails to restore, trails to clear and reroute, rare plants to find, weeds to kill, streambanks to stabilize, anniversaries to celebrate, great hikes to be hiked, naturalists to hear, outreach events to meet new Friends at, community meetings to prosper, a boat cruise to float on….

and an absolutely amazing tract of land to do it all in!!!MrScotchman

I could yammer on about it more, but a more fun idea would be to join us this coming Wednesday, May 14th, at our Annual State of the Scotchman’s!   Enjoy some appetizers and Eichardt’s top-notch selection of beverages while we present a short summary of our status, summer activities, volunteer 2013 awards, and then kick back and listen to our guest speaker, Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson, who broke the record for the fastest unsupported hike time on the PCT.  And when I say she ‘broke the record,’ that’s an understatement.  She smashed it.  Pulverized it.  Ground it into dust!!  It is a presentation sure to inspire, this Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8pm at the Forrest M. Bird Charter Middle School, Sandpoint.

And then stayed tuned to the Winds in Wilderness, every Saturday throughout the summer, and I will do my best to keep you up to date on the most current happenings for all these great activities we are engaged in this summer, and all the Friends, board members, and interns who are making it possible.

Who will the mystery guest — our 3000th Friend — be — and who will be there to greet them?


   Stay Wild !


2009 Annual State Of The Scotchmans

Posted on Friday, May 1st, 2009

Join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness at the new Ponderay Events Center (behind Sandpoint Furniture off the east entrance to the Bonner Mall complex) on Tuesday May 26th for our annual “State of the Scotchmans” celebration. Doors open at 5pm to meet and mingle with special guests Congressman Walt Minnick and Wilderness Historian Doug Scott during a happy hour reception. We will serve up fun, food, information and a lot of inspiration. The evening’s theme is “Wilderness – Our Common Ground”. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Admission is free and this is sure to be an exciting evening for anyone interested in wilderness!

Come help us celebrate the start of summer, learn more about our upcoming summer hikes, concerts, activities and events. Our hats, shirts, hiking maps, bumper stickers and buttons will be available. We will look at what lies ahead on the pathway to wilderness for the Scotchmans. And we will honor some outstanding volunteers! Plus we have two exciting speakers!

Congressman Walt Minnick will open our event with reflections and remarks about his first several months in Washington DC and the general climate for public lands management in the new congress and administration.

Our keynote speaker will be Doug Scott, one of the legends of the wilderness movement. Doug’s two books tell the story of how America has preserved more than 100 million acres of diverse wilderness areas in 44 states. Doug’s multimedia presentation will include readings from his book as well as slides which demonstrate the history and dynamics of wilderness protection. We’ll have plenty of time for a question and answer dialogue.

Doug’s first book, “The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act” is detailed history of the Wilderness Act and how it has been applied over the last 45 years to protect special places like the Scotchmans. Doug’s newest book, “Our Wilderness: America’s Common Ground” is a 64-page full-color book depicting the diversity of our National Wilderness Preservation System and how it is used by Americans. Included in this book are several photos of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness!

Read the full Press Release – 252kb PDF
View the Flyer (it’s pretty) – 412kb PDF

2006 State Of The Scotchmans

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2006

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Proudly Present Our First

“State of the Scotchmans”

An Open House Event With Fun, Food and Information!
Thursday June 22, 2006 5pm-7pm
At the Pend d’Oreille Winery
Sandpoint ID
  • Join your friends, neighbors and other “Friends” of the Scotchman Peaks.
  • Open to the public, free of charge; bring a new Friend!
  • Come celebrate our recent endorsements and other successes and learn more about the challenges that lie ahead, including the draft forest plan and how your comments can help protect this special area.
  • Enjoy food, fun and find out more about our campaign for wilderness.
  • Scotchman T-shirts, Sweat Shirts and Special “Scotchmans” label wine will be available for purchase.