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Fourth Annual State of the Scotchmans Event

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Come join special guests, Congressman Walt Minnick and Wilderness Historian Doug Scott, as the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness host our fourth annual "State of the Scotchmans Event" on Tuesday May 26th at the Ponderay Event Center. (Behind Sandpoint Furniture near the Bonner Mall). Doors open at 5pm for a no-host happy hour with snacks followed by an exciting program from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free - bring a friend!

Join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness at the new Ponderay Events Center (behind Sandpoint Furniture off the east entrance to the Bonner Mall complex) on Tuesday May 26th for our annual “State of the Scotchmans” celebration.  Doors open at 5pm to meet and mingle with special guests Congressman Walt Minnick and Wilderness Historian Doug Scott during a happy hour reception. We will serve up fun, food, information and a lot of inspiration.  The evening’s theme is “Wilderness – Our Common Ground”. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Admission is free and this is sure to be an exciting evening for anyone interested in wilderness!


Come help us celebrate the start of summer, learn more about our upcoming summer hikes, concerts, activities and events. Our hats, shirts, hiking maps, bumper stickers and buttons will be available. We will look at what lies ahead on the pathway to wilderness for the Scotchmans. And we will honor some outstanding volunteers! Plus we have two exciting speakers!


Congressman Walt Minnick will open our event with reflections and remarks about his first several months in Washington DC and the general climate for public lands management in the new congress and administration.


Our keynote speaker will be Doug Scott, one of the legends of the wilderness movement. Doug’s two books tell the story of how America has preserved more than 100 million acres of diverse wilderness areas in 44 states.  Doug’s multimedia presentation will include readings from his book as well as slides which demonstrate the history and dynamics of wilderness protection. We’ll have plenty of time for a question and answer dialogue.


Doug’s first book, “The Enduring Wilderness:  Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act” is detailed history of the Wilderness Act and how it has been applied over the last 45 years to protect special places like the Scotchmans. Doug’s newest book, “Our Wilderness: America’s Common Ground” is a 64-page full-color book depicting the diversity of our National Wilderness Preservation System and how it is used by Americans. Included in this book are several photos of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness!


For more information about this event and our efforts to protect the Scotchman Peaks area, please go to our website at www.scotchmanpeaks.org 

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Phil Hough Phil Hough Phil graduated from Colby College in 1981 with a BA in English Literature. After 20+ years in Hotel/Hospitality management, organizing and directing staff, assisting with sales and marketing and coordinating events and conventions, Phil moved to Sagle, Idaho in 2002. He is a past president of the American Long Distance Hikers West Assoc (ALDHA-WEST), a past president of the Kinnikinnick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, and the former chair of the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force. His love of the wilderness has led him to thru hike the entire Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest trail (twice) and most of the Continental Divide Trail as well as to paddle the length of the Yukon river, among many other shorter trips to most of the corners of our continent. During the summer months Phil leads back country trips for the Galena Ridge School for troubled teens. In May 2009 Phil was presented with a "Brass Lantern" volunteer award by the Montana Wilderness Association and in May 2007 Phil was awarded the Idaho Conservation League's highest award for environmental activism for his work on the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. Phil is shown here with his better half and hiking partner, Deb Hunsicker.

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