Looming above Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River in the Cabinet Mountains, Scotchman Peak is the highest point in Bonner County, Idaho, at 7009 feet.
Straddling the Idaho/Montana border, the Scotchman Peaks offer a place of quite refuge. Nearby are the communities of Troy, Noxon and Heron, Montana, as well as Clark Fork, Hope and Sandpoint, Idaho.
In North Idaho there are large areas of wild land. None are permanently protected. Vast areas of wild land in western Montana also go unprotected. As our county’s population grows and more land is developed, our open public spaces are shrinking at an alarming rate. And those areas that remain are under the threat of losing their wilderness character.
Right now these wild areas belong to all of us – all of the citizens of this country – for us to use and enjoy in a variety of ways such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and backpacking, as well as observing and photographing the many species of wildlife and native plants that make these lands their home.
Leaving them unprotected means that these beautiful public lands could potentially be taken away from us, sold to developers. Other risks includes, over time, the loss of Wilderness characteristics, perhaps so slowly as to go unnoticed until it’s too late to stop. In either process, the natural habitats for numerous plants and animals could be lost, along with your opportunity to enjoy some of the few remaining wild areas in our region.
Preserving this rugged landscape provides benefits now and in the future, for generations to come. In a time of rapid change we need to make sure this special place stays the same.
Please be sure to visit our “You Can Help” page to learn about the ways that you can play a vital part in keeping these valuable public lands untouched and available for all of us.