Track these Spring classes to better woods savvy.

April and May offer six opportunities for Friends to learn their way better around the woods. These classes are all facilitated by Brian Baxter, one of our FSPW volunteers and hike leaders.

April 16th: NIC-Ponderay: Forest Botany: Contact: Terry Cruz at: 208-769-3296 or email:

April 23rd: FVCC-Kalispell: Forest Botany: Contact: Deb Struck at: 406-756-3835 or email:

April 30th: FVCC-Kalispell: Hunter’s of the Night Sky: Contact: same as above.

May 7th: FVCC-Libby: Hunter’s of the Night Sky: Contact: Andrea Wandler at: 406-293-2721 or email:

May 14th: FVCC-Libby: Forest Botany: Contact: same as above.

May 21st: Glacier Institute: Wildlife Ecology of the Bison Range: Contact: Maria at: 406-755-1211 or check website:

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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