Welcome to the Swan View Coalition

Our work and play are dedicated to conserving community
and quiet habitat for fish, wildlife and people.
Established in 1984, we work to:

  • Conserve the Peace and Quiet essential to public health and the health of our native ecosystems.
  • Ensure timber sale programs on public lands truly sustain water quality, fish and wildlife.
  • Pursue these goals through public education and public involvement whenever possible, and through administrative appeals and litigation when necessary.
This article published on July 05, 2011 • [Permalink]


Stop the Takeover of National Forest Lands in the Swan Valley Now!

Your email is needed today to stop the takeover of National Forest lands in the Swan Valley by Lake County!

The Lake County Conservation District wants to take over management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest in the Swan Valley so it can log them. Lake County wants to try and make more money logging than it already gets in payments from the Forest Service to Lake County.

Thankfully, not all members of the Lake County Conservation District agree. LCCD Supervisors Curt Rosman, Susan Gardner and Toni Burton recently wrote "Enough time and money have been spent on this dead end proposal. It is time to let it die and concentrate on our current responsibilities." Read their full dissent here.

Please send a quick email today to the LCCD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Tell them you agree with Rosman, Garner and Burton that this idea should be dealt a quick death. Tell them these are federal lands belonging to all Americans, not lands at the disposal of Lake County.

Please send that same message to the Lake County Commissioners at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) !

And, if you really want to drive the message home, attend the LCCD's meeting at the Swan Lake Community Center in Swan Lake at 6:30pm, December 7th!

According to Lake County "Your feedback will help the LCCD decide if the study should be terminated or if LCCD should ask Montana's Congressional delegation to create legislation establishing a [State run] Conservation Forest in the Swan Valley on federal forest lands [to benefit Lake County].

For more information on this really bad idea, visit http://swanforestinitiative.org .

Thank you for taking a few crucial moments to put an end to this really bad idea and precedent!

 

This article published on November 30, 2016 • [Permalink]


Support Swells for Citizen reVision of Flathead Forest Plan!

Thanks to your comments and grassroots networking, support is growing for our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan!

As our Fall 2016 newsletter reports, the Flathead National Forest has received some 35,000 comments supporting the protection of all roadless lands as wilderness and continued wildland recovery via road decommissioning in its revised Forest Plan!

We hope to have more specifics in our Holiday newsletter, but know for now that our Citizen reVision has also been endorsed by 39 Tribal Nations acting together as GOAL: Tribal Coalition to Protect the Grizzly, that our annual meeting is November 13, and that this is your last chance this year to have your donation to Swan View doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents and you can click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you are encouraged by the good news and will join others in supporting our work!

 

This article published on October 30, 2016 • [Permalink]


Last Day to Speak up for Wildlife and Wilderness!

Let the Flathead National Forest know TODAY that you support Alternative C's new wilderness recommendations and prohibiting mechanized vehicles in those 507,000 acres/all roadless lands!

The Flathead finds "this alternative would provide the highest habitat security and connectivity for species that may be sensitive to higher levels of human disturbance." (DEIS Vol. 1, p. 27)

But be sure to add that you want the reclamation of grizzly bear habitat security in roaded lands, as promised in the current Forest Plan's Amendment 19, carried forward in Alt. C!

The Flathead NF map above shows in light green Alt. C's recommended wilderness providing habitat connectivity the full length of the Swan Range and improvements thoughout the Whitefish Range, among other areas.

In asking the Flathead to adopt and improve Alt. C, know that you will be expanding wildlife habitat security and connectivity greatly, while also conserving quiet, non-mechanized recreation.

As mentioned in our last alert, BEWARE the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement you may be asked to support. It asks for little wilderness and would increase logging in grizzly bear and lynx habitat through a combination of de-listing and relaxed management standards! (WRPA pdf page 28).

Simply enter your comment here. If you have any trouble with that web page form, simply email your comment to Planning Officer Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can also submit our form letter if you wish, or chose the parts of it you like best. A mailing address is included in the form letter if you wish to mail in a hard copy.

Click here for more information and links to the Forest Plan documents.

Comments are due TODAY, October 3!

 

This article published on September 28, 2016 • [Permalink]


Your Forest Plan Comments Needed Now!

Your short emails and letters are needed NOW to protect wildlands and wildlife habitat in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!

Anti-wilderness letters are flooding in and, BEWARE, the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement you may be asked to support asks for little Wilderness and increased logging in grizzly bear habitat via de-listing from the Endangered Species Act. It would also "challenge existing lynx management strategies" to increase logging in threatened lynx habitat! (WRPA pdf page 28)

You can counter these bad ideas with one simple sentence:

"I support Alternative C's recommendation of all roadless areas as Wilderness and ask that the current Forest Plan's Amendment 19 be included to finish securing the grizzly bear habitat it promised."

Simply enter your comment here. If you have any trouble with that web page form, simply email your comment to Planning Officer Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can also submit our form letter if you wish, or chose the parts of it you like best. A mailing address is included in the form letter if you wish to mail in a hard copy.

Click here for more information and links to the Forest Plan documents.

Comments are due by October 3, but do it NOW!

Please also Donate Now to support our work and Cinnabar Foundation will double the first $2,000 in donations with a matching grant!

Your support is greatly appreciated and we think the bears and lynx will appreciate it too!

 

This article published on September 20, 2016 • [Permalink]


Act Now to Protect Wildlands and Wildlife in the Flathead Forest Plan!

Want to protect all wildlands and restore damaged habitats on the Flathead National Forest? We make it simple in our Summer 2016 newsletter!

The Flathead National Forest is considering an alternative for its revised Forest Plan that would recommend Wilderness designation for almost all roadless lands, immediately protect those lands from motorized vehicles and mountain bikes, and lower the timber sale program to save taxpayers $2.2 million each year!

Your comments are needed by October 3 to see that Alternative C is refined and combined with essential parts of the current Forest Plan to insure damaged fish and wildlife habitats are restored!

Please ACT TODAY and we'll issue further alerts before October 3 to help you refine additional messages to the Flathead!

Our Summer 2016 newsletter provides you a quick summary of the Flathead's Draft Environmental Impact Statement and provides links to important maps.

It also includes a sample letter that you can print and mail or cut and paste into the Flathead's comment page - and all the better if you personalize it with remarks about your favorite parts of the Forest!

If you have trouble with the Flathead's comment page, simply send an email to Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Below is our newsletter's table of comments and you can click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter, follow the few easy steps to make your voice heard, and will join others in supporting our work (make a donation today and Cinnabar Foundation will double it)!

Fish, wildlife, wilderness, and people are counting on us - and you!

 

 

This article published on August 16, 2016 • [Permalink]


Swan View Testifies at Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop - You Can Help!

Swan View Coalition testified on behalf of 15 other groups and organizations at a July 7 Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop in Missoula, MT.

Please email your support for grizzlies to Fish and Wildlife Service (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by July 22.

All you need to say is that you want grizzly bear recovery based on the promised security of grizzly bear habitat and key bear foods - and that you want FWS to abandon its current plan to instead reduce grizzly bear security in the face of growing human populations and impacts.

Remember, while the grizzly bear population in the entire Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem was estimated to be 765 bears in 2004 and has hopefully increased by a couple hundred bears since then, the human population of Flathead County alone grew by 1,800 people in 2014 and is estimated to reach 100,000 by 2018

Click here to read Swan View's testimony or to help fine-tune your email to FWS.

Click here to watch NBC's coverage of the workshop.

Click here to read the Missoulian newspaper article about the workshop.

Click here to watch KPAX coverage of the workshop.

Click here (then scroll down) to view a list of links to the 26 documents attached to Swan View Coalition's testimony.

 


This article published on July 06, 2016 • [Permalink]


Please Attend Flathead Forest Plan and Grizzly Bear Meetings!

It's time to reaffirm wildlife protection, not abandon it!

The Forest Service is holding open houses in Kalispell and Missoula, June 20 and 22, to unveil its Draft EISs for a revised Flathead Forest Plan and grizzly bear management amendments on four other Forests.

Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a hearing in Missoula July 7 to take public comment on grizzly bear de-listing in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem that includes these five Forests!

While you have until October 3 to comment on how five National Forests, including the Flathead, propose to manage the NCDE grizzly bear, NOW is the time to start learning about it.

At either the Kalispell or Missoula open houses you'll be able to look at maps much larger than you'll find on-line and ask questions of Forest Service staff. Both are from 2 - 6 pm and don't involve formal presentations, so you can attend as long or little as you wish. The Kalispell open house is at the Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way. The Missoula open house is at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve Street.

You can read two pages about the various documents and open houses here and can download the planning documents here

We want to keep Flathead Forest Plan Amendment 19 from Alternative A to retain the best management of roads to protect grizzly bears, bull trout and other fish and wildlife. But we want the much larger areas of recommended wilderness that are included in Alternative C, which was written in part to reflect our Citizen reVision alternative and would finally ban motorized vehicles from the old trail network in the Krause Basin Wildlife Management Area pictured above!

We'll have more specific recommendations for your comments later in the summer. But make no mistake about it, Alternatives B, C and D as currently proposed would greatly reduce the broad protection of grizzly bear habitat from what is in the current Forest Plan, pave the way for their de-listing from the federal Endangered Species Act and result in sport killing of them under Montana State hunting management!

To help right away, you can SIGN UP NOW for a ten-minute slot to speak out July 7 in Missoula against this weakening of grizzly bear management and against plans to de-list them! Swan View Coalition will be speaking first-up at the FWS hearing, which runs from 1 - 4 and from 6 - 8 pm at the Double Tree Hotel, 100 Madison Street. Simply .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to schedule a time slot to speak. You can also submit written comments to FWS by July 22 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or to Grizzly Bear Recovery Office, USFWS, University Hall, Room 309, Missoula, MT  59812.

You can learn more about the July 7 hearing here and you can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want suggestions for what to say or write to FWS.

Don't be intimidated by all this - we are here to help you navigate the bureaucracy and do good things for fish and wildlife! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

 

 

 

This article published on June 16, 2016 • [Permalink]


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