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Scotchman Peaks group plans hikes, trail work

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are launching another ambitious season of guided hikes, outings, trail work -- along with gentle advocacy for securing wilderness designation for a little piece of heaven northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The group's newsletter, Peak...

Bonner County commissioners endorse Scotchman Peaks Wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Bonner County Commission today unanimously passed a resolution calling on Congress to designate the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. This is another milestone in an effort to protect a worthy spread of mountain real estate northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The 88,000-acre roadless...

Scotchman Peaks Wilderness group optimistic, plans activities

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness based in North Idaho and Western Montana is celebrating the group's 10th anniversary on a high note this month. Recent passage of the Montana Heritage Act indicates that Congress is able — and even somewhat willing...

Scotchmans’ student ranger grooms public on ways of the wilderness

The Scotchman Peaks roadless area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille isn’t an official wilderness, but it was served by a “wilderness ranger” this summer and gained a standout new trail built the wilderness way – by hand. “I could have got more done if I’d have carried a chain saw,” said Joe Zimmerman, 23, a University of Montana student. “But the goal is to teach people how to respect this area as wilderness, and that includes me.”

Field reports: New Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map published

TRAILS – A new  Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map, featuring about 80 trails, has been published by conservation groups celebrating the  50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “The last Forest Service wilderness map, published in 1992, is out of print and hard to find,” said Sandy Compton of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, one of several groups, agencies and businesses that worked on the project.

Scotchman Peaks group rises to occasion for lookout

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, based in Sandpoint, is teaming with the Forest Service to restore the Star Peak Lookout in the Kootenai National Forest near Heron, Mont. The lookout was built in the 1950s, but even more impressive is a nearby ranger’s cabin built entirely of stone around 1910, said Rachael Reckin, Kootenai National Forest archeologist.