Join this presentation and reading by author John McCarthy hosted by the Northwest Montana Lookout Association as part of our 2021 Wilderness Speaker Series. Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Land tells true stories about four men and one woman who established how to work in and be in the wilderness. They were guides for protection of wilderness and for the protectors who followed them. Their stories celebrate heroes for the enduring resource of wilderness and point to the future to keep their legacies thriving.
John McCarthy moved to Idaho in 1977, to work trail crew in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. He later ran a range crew and worked on ranches in Hells Canyon and the Salmon River country. He started writing about wilderness for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, where he was a reporter for 10 years. He switched to environmental advocacy for two decades, as the conservation director for Idaho Conservation League and Idaho forest campaign director for the Wilderness Society. He is now a disc jockey at Radio Boise with his show Jazz Beyond the Sky.
The Wilderness Speaker Series is a collaboration between BMWF, the Flathead-Kootenai Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association, the Northwest Montana Lookout Association, and the Natural Resources Conservation Management Program at Flathead Valley Community College.