Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation to protect the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness of Bonner County, Idaho. The proposal enjoys broad support from the Bonner County Commissioners, Idaho Forest Group, Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, and more than 6,700 individuals.
Summary of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act
The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act would do the following:
- Designate approximately 13,900 acres of wilderness in Bonner County, Idaho, creating North Idaho’s first protected wilderness area.
- Leave the management of fish and wildlife within the area in the hands of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
- Protect tribal resources and practices.
The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act would not do the following:
- Close any areas currently open to motorized recreation.
- Close any areas currently open to mountain bikes.
- Close any areas available for timber harvest.
- Affect any existing mining operations.
What Can You Do?
Please take a moment to thank Sen. Risch and ask Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Raul Labrador, and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to support the bill.
Where Can I Find A Trail Map?
You can pick up a free Scotchman Peaks trail map from any of our three office locations, or you can order a copy from our online store. The map was produced by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness in cooperation with ICL.