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TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

Volunteers building new trail to Star Peak lookout

TRAILS -- Volunteers are helping the Kootenai National Forest build a new trail to a stunning view from a forest fire lookout overlooking the Clark Fork River and the proposed Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The Friends of the...

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Winter treks led by Scotchman Peaks group

WINTER SPORTS -- Tracking critters with a naturalist, studying winter ecology and a ladies-only snowshoe trek into an ancient cedar grove are among a dozen outings the public can join in a winter trip series led by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The...


Volunteers to be trained for wolverine research

WILDLIFE -- A training workshop will be held Saturday in Sandpoint for volunteers planning to help wildlife researchers monitor wolverines, lynx and fishers in North Idaho this winter. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the Idaho Conservation League and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE)...

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Vote online to boost North Idaho wolverine study

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness once again is asking people to vote online before Sunday (Oct. 28) to help the group garner $27,600 in requested grants from Zoo Boise that would be applied to wolverine research in the Idaho Panhandle....

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Clothing-optional hike among National Trails Day outings

HIKING -- A Washington nudist park north of Spokane is celebrating National Trails Day June 2 with a clothing optional hike. Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park near Loon Lake, WA will host the hike Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. in its 260-acre forest. The park, run...

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Trail-cam mystery critter identified

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for a wolverine research project funded by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. See martens, bobcats, volunteer helpers -- and even a wolverine --...

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Mystery critter mugs on wolverine study trail cam

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Can you ID the critter, above, in this close encounter last week with one of the wolverine research project trail cams in the Cabinet Mountains? The camera is one of about 40 installed by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Answer...

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Tough volunteers set bait for wolverines in North Idaho

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- More than 40 volunteers showed up for a training course on Dec. 3 to learn how to use their expertise in backcountry snowshoeing or ski touring to help researchers study wolverines. It's already paid off. Read on for the big news from...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Wolverine study training volunteers in Sandpoint

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Volunteers with skills to travel deep into the backcountry on skis or snowshoes are being trained for monitoring bait stations involved in an Idaho-Montana wolverine research project. Wolverines are a backcountry-loving secretive member of the weasel family protected by the Endangered Species...

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

Wolverine study gets boost from Scotchman Peaks group effort

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Wolverine research in North Idaho and northwestern Montana got a big boost Friday from an online voting campaign spearheaded by the Friends of the Scotchman-Peaks Wilderness. The group generated enough enthusiasm and web clicks from supporters to win a public vote for...

MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011

Vote online to boost wolverine study in Idaho Panhandle

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are asking people to vote online before Oct. 28 to help them garner nearly $30,000 in grants from Zoo Boise that would be applied to wolverine research in North Idaho. Visit the Zoo Boise projects...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Wild Night for Wilderness Sept. 30 in Sandpoint

CONSERVATION -- “Wild Night For Wilderness" – a community celebration of the great outdoors, is being organized into an evening of music, slides and updates on the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Evans Brother’s Coffee in Sandpoint....

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

Scotchman Peaks continues mountain goat awareness effort

WILDLIFE -- Three cheers for Gonzaga University student Molly Sullivan Roberge and others who've been putting up posters recently to help the mountain-going public learn how to be good neighbors with the mountain goats that highlight our high-country hiking trips. Shown above, Molly is putting...

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Video: Hikers enjoy company of Scotchman Peak goats

The Mountain Goats of Scotchman Peak from Bob Legasa on Vimeo. HIKING -- We teased you earlier, but now North Idaho videographer Bob Legasa has completed his short feature on the pleasures and personalities you might meet after making a hard 7-mile round-trip hike up...

FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Video hints at rewards of hiking up Scotchman Peak

Scotchman Peak Teaser from Bob Legasa on Vimeo. HIKING -- Bob Legasa, the North Idaho videographer best known for footage of hotdog skiers getting air and breaking pow, is working on a video of the critters he met on his recent hike to the summit...


Scotchman Friends print cards to educate hikers about mountain goats

HIKING -- Mountain goats continue to make friendly appearances to reward hikers who make the steep 7-mile round trip to the summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness would like to see that great relationship continue,...

TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

Nisbet, friends lead trek up Scotchman Peak

HIKING -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will continue their summer group hiking series this weekend by inviting the public to sign up and join naturalist, author and teacher Jack Nisbet on a rugged 7-mile round trip trek to the summit of Scotchman...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

Snow sloggers find company on Scotchman Peak

HIKING -- Deb Hunsicker and Phil Hough know their way around Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. As members of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness the couple has hiked up the namesake peak numerous times. Their intimacy with the mountain paid off...

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Scotchman Peaks Wilderness friends leading group hikes

HIKING -- The annual summer series of group hikes organized by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will begin June 4 with a trek into Thunder Creek northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The moderately difficult hike is just the first of 15 hikes the...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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