Sandy Compton

Program Coordinator

Mitchell “Sandy” Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. In addition to his other duties with FSPW, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor and constructor and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy is also a writer, editor and print designer who has published a dozen proprietary books and an equal number for other writers, plus hundreds of essays, columns, magazine articles and photos, most having to do with exploring, travel, adventure and the out-of-doors. As owner of Blue Creek Press, he assists others in moving their books and collateral materials from conception to reality with writing, editing, design and printing expertise.

Sandy attended elementary school in Heron and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1969. The Blue Creek Press office is in the room in which he learned to read in the old Heron Elementary School.

In 2016, Montana Wilderness Association honored Sandy for his work to preserve Wilderness, both on the job and as a volunteer, with their Brass Lantern Award. He most recently received the 2018 Idaho Conservation League Keith and Pat Axline Award for Environmental Activism.

He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

Sandy’s maternal grandparents settled in Montana’s Clark Fork valley near the Idaho border and just southeast Scotchman Peak in 1917. He resides on a part of their old farm still. Sandy has been hiking in the Scotchman Peaks since he was old enough to walk without parental assistance into the upper East Fork of Blue Creek.

Phone: (208) 290-1281