Keeping the Scotchmans Wild

Our Mission

To pass on a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness for our children and grandchildren.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is committed to connecting people with their wild backyard – the Scotchman Peaks. Situated along the Idaho-Montana border, the Scotchman Peaks are an 88,000-acre roadless area managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Friends’ mission is to make sure this rugged land is kept wild forever. 

In the wilderness, we can escape to a place where life is simpler. Clearer. Quieter. Even as modern life changes, everyone should have a chance to find their wild place.

That means making the area accessible with well-maintained trails. It means teaching the public how to care for our public land. It means protecting the native plants and animals. And it means advocating for laws and public policy that keep wild places undeveloped and open for recreationists. 

The Scotchmans

The proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area is National Forest land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 88,000-acre area is roadless, making it a great place for wildlife and people to find solitude.

The Scotchmans are the traditional lands of the Qlispé (Kalispel), Ktunaxa (Kootenai), and Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene) people. The area is currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service as a roadless area due to its unique and diverse habitat.

The Scotchmans contain high alpine ecosystems, moist cedar groves, ponderosa pine forests and so much more. Grizzly bears, wolverines, elk, and mountain goats all call the Scotchmans home. There are countless trails, peaks, and creeks awaiting your exploration!

Our Work



We teach people about their wild backyard.



We build trails, protect wildlife, & keep hikers safe.



We bring people together – in town and on the trails.



We’re working to pass on a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.


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