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Wilderness planes topic at Selway benefit

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. 

Selway-Bitterroot foundation banquet features fish biologist

WILDERNESS — The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation — a group that offers all sorts of hands-on support for the two fabled Idaho wilderness areas — is holding its 6th Annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser Saturday (Feb. 4) starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Orchid Room in Lewiston.

The foundation is an honorable group with 2012 plans that will interest people who support and enjoy wilderness. The evening includes wilderness-oriented auctions along with wine, beer and hors d’ouvres.

The keynote speaker is Forest Service fisheries biologist Katherine Thompson, who's doing fisheries research on the Selway River.

Can't attend but still want to support stewardship of the Selway and Frank?
Become a member of the SBFC here and help care of our wilderness and trails!

Telluride Mountain Film Fest coming to Moscow

WILDERNESSThe Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is bringing the Telluride Mountain Film Festival back to North Idaho on April 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main St. in Moscow.

The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is a premier event dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth sustaining through themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities and important environmental and social messages.

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a local non-profit organization dedicated to connecting citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and surrounding wildlands.

Tickets: $12  general admission, $10 for students. Proceeds benefit wilderness and trails stewardship in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.