Phil Hough

Executive Director

Phil graduated from Colby College in 1981 with a BA in English Literature. After 20+ years in Hotel/Hospitality management, organizing and directing staff, assisting with sales and marketing, and coordinating events and conventions, Phil moved to Sagle, Idaho in 2002.

Phil is a founding board member of the Idaho Trails Association and now serves on their advisory board. He is a past president of the American Long Distance Hikers West Association and a past president of the Kinnikinnick chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. He is a former chair of the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force. Phil is a member of the Idaho Panhandle Forest Collaborative and a member of the North Idaho Resources Advisory Council (RAC). He is a “Chamber Ambassador” for the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday mornings, Phil cohosts a radio talk show on conservation and outdoor recreation on Sandpoint’s community radio station, KRFY. In May 2007, Phil was awarded the Idaho Conservation League’s highest award for environmental activism for his work to save the incredibly wild Scotchman Peaks. In May 2009 he received the Brass Lantern Award from the Montana Wilderness Association.

Along with his wife Deb, Phil has explored wilderness areas across our continent. Together they have 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.

Phone: (208) 946-9127