The Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area encompasses 88,000 acres of diverse and unique public lands in northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. Known for its thriving mountain goat herd, the area is also a refuge for rare fish and wildlife species such as bull trout and grizzly bear. Visitors to the area are awed by massive old growth cedar trees and stunning alpine vistas.
Nearby are the communities of Clark Fork, Hope and Sandpoint, Idaho, as well as Troy, Noxon and Heron, Montana. These communities enjoy an unparalleled quality of life, due in part to the access they have to the Scotchman Peaks. Recreationists that visit the area also patronize the hotels, shops, restaurants and businesses located in these communities.
Visitors to the Scotchman Peaks enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, photography and watching the wildlife there. Our conservation partners would like to see this unique area with its exceptional values protected as wilderness. Because there is no motorized and mechanized transportation allowed there now, designating the Scotchman Peaks as wilderness would not change any of the existing access.
The land management plans for the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests recommend that Congress designate approximately 61,800 acres of the Scotchman Peaks as wilderness.
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