Protect Wilderness…

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in support of wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks area. I have enjoyed hiking and backpacking in the Scotchman Peaks area ever since I first moved here (30 years ago). There is nothing I love to do more than strap on my hiking boots and head out on a trail (or a bushwhack) and see what mountain top I can possibly make it to.

I have spent many moments sitting on top of a mountain thinking how lucky I am to have beautiful places like the Scotchman Peaks to explore and enjoy. There is no designated wilderness area in Idaho’s nine northern counties and we need to ensure that unique places like the Scotchman Peaks are protected, so that they (hopefully) will still be there for future generations, as a reminder to them what “wild Idaho” looks like.

Jolanda Van Ooyen

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