Earth Week Film Event: ‘The Fight for Wilderness in our Backyard’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University students advocating federal wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks of North Idaho and Montana will present a speaker and two films from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 25 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. Titled “The Fight for Wilderness in our Backyard,” the event is free and open to the public.
A member of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will discuss the proposed wilderness area, and address specifically what must be done for it to be designated as federal wilderness land. Two films (approximately 25 minutes each) about the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness – titled “En Plein Air” and “Grass Routes” – will be shown. “En Plein Air” chronicles the experiences of artists during a five-day trek through the mountains as they capture the natural beauty of the area through their own artistic styles. “Grass Routes” tells the story of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks’ efforts to achieve official wilderness designation for the scenic and wild area.
The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness organization has been striving for federal wilderness designation of the 88,000-acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area on the Montana-Idaho state line. The organization believes wilderness designation would offer the highest level of protection for key habitat, vital to the conservation of a number of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species.
“This Earth Week (April 16-23) film event is being held to build support for the creation of this nearby wilderness area that we could all enjoy,” said Gonzaga student Chris Rotar, an organizer of the event.
For more information, please contact Chris Rotar via email.