Citizen Science

Citizen Scientist Projects are cooperative efforts that allow individual community members to become involved in natural resource research and management in meaningful ways. Volunteers recieve an opportunity to learn about conditions which influence natural resource management decisions and bridge community understanding of fedral policies.

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness work to assist Citizen Scientist opportunities in our local communities.  We work cooperatively with federal, state, and other non profit organizations to provide project support by organizing, training, and coordinating volunteer Citizen Scientists throughout northern Idaho, western Montana, and eastern Washington.

We have engaged in a variety of efforts that have empowered our volunteers as Citizen Scientists, both in the summer and winter. Such projects have helped agencies collect the data necessary for good land management and wildlife management decisions.  Most importantly, we all get to go hiking, skiing, snow shoeing for a purpose!

533587_10150292302114978_1757917753_nWinter Tracks Field Trip Series:  This 2015-2016 season, FSPW is running a “Winter Tracks” youth-orientated outdoor field program.  Join us in fine tuning our senses as we head out to the wilderness and learn what we can discover from our observations.  These field trips will provide a comprehensive, one-day field education experience.  No previous winter hiking or tracking skills needed! We have classes structured for both public and private educators.  Join us as we make discoveries about the wilderness this winter!  Contact with any questions,

Weeds and Whitebark Pine Surveys: The National Forest Foundation (NFF) selected the Lightning Creek drainage as one of 14 nationwide “Treasured Landscapes.” Located on the Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle Forest (IPNF) Lightning Creek drains the western side of the Scotchman Peaks proposed wilderness. This program focuses on access and restoration efforts.

As part of the Treasured Landscapes project, FSPW is working with community organizations such as Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, Ponderay Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist and Backcountry Horsemen, as well as the US Forest Service, to recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to survey noxious weeds along trails. Volunteers, once trained, will use iPads to conduct surveys that will determine the efficacy of weed treatments. Our volunteers’ findings will be used by the IPNF as they conduct planning to achieve restoration crewobjectives in the coming years.

We are also recruiting volunteers to help with the White Bark Pine restoration effort. This summer, volunteers will help apply treatments to surviving White Bark Pines, and will later be sowing seeds to try to re-establish White Bark Pine stands.

We continue to seek out opportunities to engage our community volunteers with meaningful science research in and around the proposed wilderness area. To become a volunteer with these projects, or to learn more about current opportunities,  contact us at