Give Thanks for the Wild

During the holiday season, we give thanks. Many people take a few moments to consider our blessings and give thanks for those things which make our lives better. Often, it is the simple things that bring us comfort or joy, uplift us and make us better people, or bring us together as family and as community.

Among the blessings that I count and give thanks for are wild places. From youth through adulthood, I’ve cherished hiking and paddling in untouched back country and along wilderness trails. These experiences have tested, challenged and shaped me. They’ve given me strength and a better understanding of what’s truly important in life. In the Wilderness, we are grateful for a warm campfire, a dry tent, and the sounds of nature and views that can only be had by getting outside and away from our frenzied life. We can’t buy these things in a store. We are fortunate to find such Wilderness experiences close by, in places like the Scotchman Peaks.

Most of us do not take for granted those things which make our lives full of abundance, joy and meaning. We reflect at year end on what we have accomplished and what we need to do to bring greater achievements.

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have much to celebrate in our continued progress towards permanently protecting the Scotchman Peaks. Thanks to the board, staff, a wide range of volunteers, allies, and supporters, our voices are being heard, and we look to the New Year with high hopes and expectations.

We appreciate your support this past year and hope that you will continue to help us as we move forward. Consider one of these three easy ways to help:

  1. A simple act of sharing our newsletter with your neighbor helps us to broaden the base of community support.
  2. If you haven’t volunteered before, consider doing so in 2016.
  3. And if you want to help us to share the gift of Wilderness with others consider a donation during the holiday season!

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Let’s all give thanks for the Wild!

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About The Author:

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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