Letters from the West

Environmental pioneer Scott Reed dies

Scott Reed, one of the pioneers of Idaho’s conservation movement died Saturday in Coeur d’Alene.

Reed, 87, practiced law until last year but he was best known regionally for his environmental law cases, fighting for clean water, wildlife and wild places. He and Art Manley spearheaded the campaign to protect Tubbs Hill, the 165 acres of natural forest now owned by Coeur d’Alene that is the center of its water front.

Along with his wife Mary Lou, who served six terms in the Idaho Senate, Reed and others formed the Kootenai Environmental Alliance in 1972. He also served on the Coeur d’Alene Planning and Zoning Commission, Idaho Water Resources Board, and the boards of the Idaho Nature Conservancy, Western Environmental Law Center and National Audubon Society.

The Idaho State Bar awarded him its Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2012.

The Reeds have remained a progressive voice in northern Idaho since they moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1956 from California. They gave to many causes over the years through the Margaret Reed Foundation and were inducted in the Idaho Hall of Fame.

They have two children and four grandchildren.

Their son Bruce was chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden and an adviser to President Barack Obama. He served eight years as domestic policy adviser for former President Bill Clinton.