In December, Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation to protect just under 14,000 acres in North Idaho as wilderness. Now the senator’s staff is hosting open houses about the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness legislation to gauge local support. One open house was held last month in Hope. Even if you attended that meeting you should still plan to come to the Tuesday, July 18, open house in Clark Fork.
Information about the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will be on display from 4 to 7 pm in the high school foyer, and staff from the senator’s office and officials from the U.S. Forest Service will be available to answer questions. And we have answers to some frequently asked questions too. There also will be an opportunity to provide written comments during the open house.
Enactment of the legislation is not a foregone conclusion. After hearing from his constituents, Sen. Risch will decide whether to reintroduce the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act this session, modify the proposal or drop the effort.
So if you would like to see the Scotchman Peaks designated as wilderness, be sure to attend this second open house, write your reasons for supporting the proposal and ask Sen. Risch to reintroduce the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act.