Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act of 2016

Photo Credit Julie Kallemeyn
Photo Credit Julie Kallemeyn

Idaho Senator Jim Risch introduced the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act (S.3531) in Congress in December 2016. The bill is no longer active, but here is a summary of what the it would do:

  • Designate approximately 14,000 acres of Wilderness in the Bonner County, Idaho, portion of the Scotchman Peaks.
  • Would not close any areas currently open to timber harvest, motorized recreation or mountain biking.
  • Keep the management of fish and wildlife in the hands of Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Recognize tribal rights and practices.

Click here for the full text of the Act

Click here for the official map of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and here for the boundary description.

Do you have questions about the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act? Check out some Frequently Asked Questions here.

What you can do to help

Encourage Idaho and Montana’s delegations to introduce legislation to designate the Scotchman Peaks as Wilderness.