Tyler Chisholm joins Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness staff.

Park service veteran will coordinate 2017 Winter Tracks and wolverine study for FSPW

Tyler Chisholm joined the staff at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on November 28th as Winter Program Coordinator. She will run the FSPW Winter Tracks outdoor education program as well as the “limited edition” rare carnivore study FSPW is undertaking this winter. Chisholm, who works for the National Park Service at North Cascades National Park in the summer season, will also fill in during the temporary absence of Assistant Program Coordinator, Britta Mireley, who is on maternity leave.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Tyler stepping in to run our programs this winter,” said FSPW Program Coordinator Sandy Compton. “Her interests, passions and education fit well with our mission; and her confidence and enthusiasm are perfect for the job.”

Chisholm grew up in Indiana, and spent summers visiting her family in North Idaho, where she developed a love for the mountains. Fascination for the natural world brought her to Purdue University where she graduated with B. S. in Geology & Geophysics. She then attended Western Washington University (WWU) graduate school, where she had the opportunity to spend a full year in residency teaching environmental education at North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center in the heart of North Cascades National Park Service Complex.

While focusing on environmental education, her graduate program also included instruction in non-profit administration. After graduating from WWU with a Masters of Education in Environmental Education and a Northwest Naturalist Certificate, Chisholm began work as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at North Cascades National Park. Last summer she was charged with running the Park visitor center.

Chisholm’s interests, as well as a side-job as a preschool teacher, led her to focus on early childhood environmental education. She recently assisted in opening the Madrona Nature School in Bellingham, Wash., based on her graduate capstone project.

Chisholm will be with FSPW through the winter months. She will be returning to the Park Service in the spring. If you would like to learn more about the Winter Tracks outdoor education program or assist with the rare carnivore study, write to tyler@scotchmanpeaks.org If you would like to meet Tyler, stop by the FSPW office at 323 N. First, Suite 205, or make sure you attend the January 4 FSPW / Ecliptic Brewery event at the Idaho Pour Authority.

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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 bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), 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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