SBFC News

Montana Silent Auction & Winter Gathering

January 7th, 2014
Montana’s 2014 Annual Sient Auction & Winter Gathering

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

Hamilton City Hall Community Room, 223 South 2nd Street Hamilton, MT
6:00PM to 9:00PM

Map/Directions to Location

Join us at the Hamilton City Hall Community Room in downtown Hamilton on Saturday February 22nd for our Annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser. Come bid on some items in one of the best wilderness-oriented silent auctions around while filling yourself up on wine, beer and hors d’ouvres. Guided fishing trips, flights, artwork of local artists, works of local authors, culinary treats, ski tickets, fishing gear, meals at local restaurants, and more!

Our presentation will focus on our Summer 2013 Field Season featuring SBFC Staff and Interns and their experiences working in the Wildest Place.

Don’t forget to pick up some raffle tickets for our Grand Raffle where you have a chance to win two spots on an all-inclusive Middle Fork of the Salmon River Trip provided by Idaho River Adventures.

North Idaho Annual Silent Auction & Winter Gathering

January 7th, 2014

North Idaho Annual Silent Auction & Winter Gathering

Saturday, February 1st 2014

The Orchid Room, 301 Main St. Lewiston, Idaho
6:00PM to 9:00PM

Map/Directions to Location

Join us at The Orchid Room in downtown Lewiston on Saturday February 1st for our 8th Annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser. Come bid on some items in one of the best wilderness-oriented silent auctions around while filling yourself up on wine, beer and hors d’ouvres. Fishing & float trips; framed photographs; carvings, handknits and weavings by local artists; rafting, stock, fishing and backpack gear; trout and steelhead flies; theater tickets; meals at local restaurants, and more!

Our keynote speaker will be Richard Holm. Holm is a back country pilot who is deeply interested in capturing the history of people and places in Idaho’s backcountry. He has gathered oral histories and conducted interviews about Idaho’s remote airfields and fire lookouts. He has published 2 books: “Bound for the Backcountry–A HIstory of Idaho’s Remote Airstrips” and “Points of Prominence–Fire Lookouts of the Payette National Forest.” He grew up in McCall and received a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Idaho in 2005.

Live music by Sarah Swett, Concertina.

Don’t forget to pick up some raffle tickets for our Grand Raffle where you have a chance to win two spots on an all-inclusive Middle Fork of the Salmon River Trip provided by Idaho River Adventures.

Sally Ferguson Named Executive Director of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

December 13th, 2013

Sally brings over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, conservation advocacy, and organizational development to the SBFC.  Sally is coming to SBFC from several years with the Student Conservation Association, where she worked closely with wilderness and trails managers on forests across USFS Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 to create conservation internships. She was the founding president of the Idaho Trails Association and remains an active board member.

Sally will start her position with SBFC on January 1.  She is looking forward to meeting and working with the Forest Service and all of our partners.  SBFC Board and staff are thrilled to have Sally on our team.  Please help us welcome her.

SBFC Releases 2014 Wilderness Ranger Internship Application

December 13th, 2013

On the heels of an amazing 2013 field season with our 2013 Wilderness Ranger Interns, we are excited to release the application for our 2014 Wilderness Ranger Internship Program. If you are interested in applying, or just generally interested in the nation’s premier wilderness ranger training program, please go to our Wilderness Ranger Internship Program page, or download the announcement here.

Southern Idaho’s 2nd Annual Fall Gathering

October 30th, 2013

Join us at the Linen Building Event Center in downtown Boise for our 2nd Annual Fall Gathering and Fundraiser. After a lively and highly successful 2012 event, we can’t wait to gather again with fellow wilderness lovers after our most successful field season to date!

The night will feature SBFC Staff and Ranger Interns, their experiences working in Idaho’s Wildest Place and how wilderness stewardship has affected their lives. Come meet the new additions to our 2014 Staff!

Bid on fantastic auction items in one of the best wilderness-oriented silent auctions around while filling yourself up on wine, Sockeye Brewing beer and hors d’ouvres from Open Table Catering.

Don’t forget to pick up a few raffle tickets for our GRAND RAFFLE for your chance to win a 2-person, 6-day Middle Fork Salmon river trip.

Missoula Montana – Benefit Beer Release Party

October 30th, 2013

Join SBFC as we release the first ever Spruce Tip Ale!

Missoula’s very own Kettlehouse Brewing Company is tapping kegs of our unique partnership ale on Tuesday, November 5th at the SOUTHSIDE location!

Swing by 602 Myrtle St. in Missoula from 4pm – 8pm to try Montana’s ONLY Spruce Tip Ale, all while supporting the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation at our U-Night event.

$1 PER PINT during this U-Night directly benefits trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship within Montana’s Wildest Place – the 1.4 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

SBFC will have a raffle table with tickets available for the GRAND RAFFLE!

This specialty brew will only be found at Kettlehouse until supplies last.

What could be better than drinking craft beer and supporting YOUR local wildlands? Hope to see you there!

Boise Idaho – Benefit Beer Release Party

October 30th, 2013

Join SBFC at Sockeye Brewery THIS SATURDAY for our first ever benefit beer release party!

Idaho’s craft microbrewery Sockeye Brewing is tapping kegs of our unique partnership ale on Saturday, November 2nd at their new location!

$1 PER PINT directly benefits trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship within Idaho’s Wildest Place – the 1.4 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.Following this fantastical release party, the specialty brew will only be found at Sockeye Brewery and Bittercreek Alehouse until supplies last.

Swing by 12542 W Fairview Ave from 1pm – 4pm to try Idaho’s ONLY Spruce Tip Ale, all while supporting the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.

A Message from the Board Chair

August 27th, 2013

Members, Partners, and Friends:

You may have heard the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC) is moving the Executive Director to our Boise office. This is a move the Board has been discussing for quite some time. We were expecting this would happen in the next year or two. However, with Rob Mason’s departure from the Executive Director position, it became the opportune time to make the move. The new Executive Director along with our Frank Church-River of No Return Program Director, Eric Melson, will work out of our Boise office.

We, the Board and staff, want to stress that SBFC will always have a strong a presence in our Missoula office. Kenzie Carson, our Selway-Bitterroot Program Director, will work out of Missoula and the Executive Director will travel to Missoula regularly. During the field season the Missoula office will be home base to our Selway-Bitterroot field staff and interns as well.

Why the move? It’s a strategic choice. The SBFC cannot sustain its mission without consistent dollars coming in. We believe Boise will provide us with more opportunities to grow and diversify our funding resources, something we recognize as critically needed. Having the Executive Director in Boise will also save us money in both travel and time.

If you would like to know more details about the move, please contact me at lgerloff@selwaybitteerrot.org.

Lastly, we, the Board, live in the communities around the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. We are dedicated to the stewardship of both these grand places – they are a part of us.

Best,
Lisa Gerloff
Board Chair, SBFC

Telluride Film Fest Grand Prize Winner Announced!

April 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Dawn Bolen of Boise, Idaho, our Grand Prize Raffle Winner of the week long all-inclusive whitewater rafting trip down the Main Salmon this summer with Mountain River Outfitters! Thanks Dawn, for supporting SBFC at Mountainfilm this year and for buying raffle tickets! A HUGE thanks goes out to Mountain River Outfitters for donating this incredible experience for us to raffle off!

SBFC Releases Spring 2013 Newsletter

March 25th, 2013

The SBFC has released the Spring 2013 edition of it’s newsletter, The Wildest Place. Included in this edition:

  • SBFC Receives Forest Service’s Bob Marshall Award for Partner Champion of Wilderness Stewardship
  • Introduction of the SBFC’s new Selway-Bitterroot Program Director, Kenzie Carson
  • Telluride Mountainfilm Festival dates and ticket locations
  • …and much more!
  • Click here to download now!