Adopt a Highway and Wilderness – Huh?

Last weekend Jacob Styer, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Board Treasurer, rounded up several friends to pick up trash along highway 200. It was Sunday, so instead of counting beans he counted candy wrappers.

Walking along a busy road picking up trash seems like an odd way to celebrate wilderness.  But the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have adopted 2 miles of highway 200. We have agreed to keep mile 52 to mile 54, just west of Clark Fork Idaho, clean and tidy!  In part, this is one way for our organization to give something back, in the way of a very real service, to our communities.

Many more people will drive through the town of Clark Fork on highway 200 and look up to gaze at Goat Mountain and Scotchman Peak than will ever set foot on the wilderness trails leading to those summits. Preserving those vistas through Wilderness designation will mean that those people can continue to enjoy the drive. And we have adopted a part of the highway to ensure that trash along the roadside doesn’t degrade an otherwise enjoyable road trip. Jacob’s Sunday efforts will ensure that others have a great destination for a Sunday drive.

Let’s all thank Jacob, Jake, Lindsay, Ben and Angela for their great efforts!

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Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

He has hiked the "triple crown": the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice). He has also paddled the length of the Yukon river. Phil's love of wilderness guides him as he works to save the incrediblly wild Scotchman Peaks, one of the last and largest roadless places in northern Idaho and western Montana.

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