It’s been a big year for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.
Taken as a whole, 2019 was about spreading the wilderness word through engagement and education. More people than ever discovered why wilderness matters in everyday life through special events and programs.
Nothing is more important to Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness than, well, friends. And 2019 was an important year for bringing new friends into FSPW family. From the annual Bonner County Fair to Montana’s Huckleberry Festival, FSPW staff and volunteers brought newcomers into the family working to save our wild backyard
Of course, people need to be able to access wilderness to truly appreciate it. And this year, FSPW trail crews did great work to ensure the public can do exactly that. Trails that had seen better days now have a new lease on life thanks to trail crews’ efforts. Trails remain accessible thanks largely to the volunteer work of dedicated wilderness lovers. So take the time to extend a word of thanks if you run across a trail crew volunteer.
Another way to spread the love of wilderness is through education. And there’s perhaps no better FSPW program for the job than Winter Tracks. A partnership with regional schools, Winter Tracks gets students outside to learn why wilderness matter. They study the environment and learn through experience. Winter Tracks enjoyed a landmark year in 2019 with participation from several Idaho and Montana classrooms. And 2020 looks to be even better, with schools from schools from Clark Fork, Libby, Noxon, Sandpoint, Troy and Yaak participating.
From all of us at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, we wish you a very happy new year. The coming year means more chances than ever to enjoy our wild backyard.