Who will be the 2012 Old Goat! Find out May 26th.

State of the Scotchmans, fun and educational summer hikes, and historic stewardship projects!

First thing first. At 4:00, Saturday, May 26, we gather at Oden Communnity Hall (here’s a map) for our annual State of the Scotchmans meeting. Bring a dish to share, a favorite beverage and dinner service. Find out who our 2012 Old Goat award goes to, help honor some of our other valiant volunteers and get the lowdown of the search for wolverines from Michael Lucid, Idaho Fish and Game Biologist. You might even meet our 4,00th friend!

We will also introduce our summer project coordinator, John Bauer. His first day on the job is May 24, and we are pleased and privileged to welcome him to the Scotchman Peaks. John brings a huge amount of experience in stewardship and volunteer coordination with him to the job.

Looking ahead to summer, our hike and stewardship series is ready for viewing.

We will celebrate National Trails Day three ways this summer, first with man’s best friend on the Regal Creek Trail on June 2, then with Brian Baxter-led classes on June 9 and June 30, Old Growth and Riparian Ecology respectively. Dennison Webb of Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education will lead a Leave-No-Trace hike for kids on June 16, and Forest Service archeologist Rachel Reckin will teach fellow hikers about Native American uses of the Spar Creek area on June 30.

Rachel is also a driving force behind one of our most exciting stewarship projects of the summer. Thanks to her, on July 31 and August 1, the Forest Service’s Nine-Mile Mule Team will be hauling restoration supplies to the historic Star Peak lookout. We are seeking a very limited number of volunteers (only five per day) to help with packing and unpacking as well as catch a glimpse of how the Forest Service moved materials in the beginning days of the agency.

Speaking of Star Peak, we begin rebuilding the historic Star Peak trail on the west side of Eddy Creek with a kickoff work day on Sunday July 8. This is a great opportunity for Friends to help restore the tread that originally led to the lookout. Further work days will be Fridays, July 20 and August 3 and 17th.

Assuredly, we have plenty of recreation, education and stewardship events in store, more than we can fit into this message. Visit our website for regular updates and learn how to sign up to take a hike, lead a hike, swing a pulaski, pack a mule or learn about our beautiful wild Scotchmans!

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