Wilderness planes topic at Selway benefit

This undated image shows author Richard Holm’s Cessna 185 preparing for takeoff at Soldier Bar in Idaho. (Associated Press)
This undated image shows author Richard Holm’s Cessna 185 preparing for takeoff at Soldier Bar in Idaho. (Associated Press)

PUBLIC LANDS — Richard Holm, author of “Bound for the Backcountry,” will present a program on the history of aviation in Idaho’s backcountry to highlight the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation's eighth annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 6 p.m. in the Orchid Room above Morgan's Alley, 301 Main Street in Lewiston.

The event is an open house, with wine and beer, dessert, speakers and a silent auction.

Holm is a pilot and author who has gathered oral histories and conducted interviews about Idaho’s remote airfields and fire lookouts. He grew up in McCall and has published two books: “Bound for the Backcountry—A History of Idaho’s Remote Airstrips” and “Points of Prominence—Fire Lookouts of the Payette National Forest.”
Live music will be performed by Sarah Swett of Moscow. 
A silent auction and raffle will be conducted during the evening with fishing and float trips; framed photographs, carvings, handknits and weavings by local artists; rafting, stock, fishing and backpack gear; trout and steelhead flies; theater tickets; meals at local
restaurants, and more.
The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation’s mission is to connect citizens and communities in the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of the Selway- Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and surrounding wildlands. 
The Foundation’s work focuses on trail maintenance, invasive weed eradication, monitoring, restoration, cabin hosting, education and other wildland stewardship projects. 

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