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.
The Holidays 2014 issue of Swan View’s News celebrates the life of Martin Litton, our 30th anniversary, and asks you to support our uncompromising defense of America’s wild lands!
Click here to view or download our Holidays 2014 newsletter.
Here is the Table of Contents:
Please DONATE NOW to support our work and help us raise the $20,000 needed to meet our year-end budget!
THANK YOU for your support!
Grassroots environmental groups from across the country have issued a letter to the U.S. Senate demanding the removal of damaging public land give-away “riders” attached to the must-pass Defense Authorization Bill!
The “rider” package has far too many give-aways of public lands and resources to merit support for its very meager designations of Wilderness.
Yes, the North Fork Flathead River and Rocky Mountain Front deserve protection from oil, gas and minerals mining - but not at the expense of removing protection from Wilderness Study Areas in eastern Montana near Otter Creek and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to benefit the coal, oil and gas industries!
Nor should these bills be packaged in the dead of night with provisions to give 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corporation for logging, nor granting National Forest land in Arizona to a foreign-owned mining company, among other horrible provisions!
Please take a quick minute TODAY to phone Senator Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and the Senators from your state (find phone numbers here).
Simply tell them you oppose the inclusion of public land provisions in the Defense Bill and want them removed!
Take action today before the Senate acts tomorrow!
Swan View Coalition is among the 47 organizations that signed the letter to the Senate, which you can read here.
Click here to read Montana Environmental Information Center’s assessment of the rider’s impact to eastern Montana.
Click here to read the Missoulian article about the late-night horse-trading by which Montana Senators Tester and Walsh, along with Representative Daines, made even more 11th-hour compromises to the already heavily compromised Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act - with no pubic hearings whatsoever.
Click here to read the 449-page Defense Bill public lands rider!
Make no mistake, these types of public land give-aways will become the norm by which big Wilderness groups get a little bit of Wilderness without telling you the true and unacceptable costs - unless you put a stop to it!
We are blessed with a beautiful Swan Range that is home to rare fish and wildlife. Thank you for your help protecting them!
Your support of our work has removed unlawful snowmobile trails and bridges from the Swan Range and our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan protects more wolverine habitat than any other!
Your support helped us end the trapping of wolverine in Montana and is helping us use the courts to secure protection for them under the Endangered Species Act!
We thank you, the wolverine thank you - as do the grizzly bears, bull trout, pine marten, fisher, westslope cutthroat trout, pileated woodpeckers, and all the other critters that depend on clean water, wild country and big old trees.
May your Thanksgiving include time with family and friends - and maybe a hike on the wild side!
Your short email TODAY can help restore threatened bull trout via a better Recovery Plan!
When bull trout were listed as a threatened species in 1999, their numbers had already been reduced by 60%.
Yet the Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan would allow another 25% of local populations to disappear!
That’s NOT recovery, and Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear that from you loud and clear!
Tell FWS to establish firm population, habitat and monitoring standards in its Recovery Plan that will ensure bull trout thrive in all areas they are found today and that will restore them to significant portions of their former range.
Click here for a more detailed 3-page alert prepared by Friends of the Wild Swan.
Click here to download a copy of the Revised Draft Recovery Plan.
THANK YOU for taking a moment to help protect the clean, cold waters needed by bull trout, other native fish and people!
(Photo credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg)
Your quick email is needed TODAY to avert a snowmobile disaster being planned for Jewel Basin and the northern Swan Range!
The Flathead National Forest wants to add its Anna Creek Cabin on the West Side Reservoir Road to its Cabin Rental Program.
But snowmobilers also want the West Side Reservoir Road snow-groomed in winter for quicker snowmobile access to the Anna Creek and Jewel Basin areas - even though snowmobiling is illegal in the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
The inevitable result will be an increase in snowmobile violations of Jewel Basin and a flood of snowmobile activity in the essential habitats of grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, and other sensitive wildlife in the northern Swan Range!
Urge the Flathead to 1) not rent the Anna Creek Cabin during wintertime and 2) not allow snow-grooming of the West Side Reservoir Road!
This is a disaster in the making and you can help stop it in its tracks! Please comment TODAY even though comments will be accepted until November 26!
Click here for the Flathead’s letter inviting comments, though it is misleading in saying the area around the cabin is open to snowmobiling and by not mentioning simultaneous pressure to groom the road for quicker snowmobile access.
See the map above: the high country above Anna Creek Cabin is the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, which is closed to snowmobiles! Anna Creek Cabin is no place for a snowmobile base camp!
We’ve seen this deplorable situation develop along the Continental Divide, where grooming of the Skyland Road and wintertime rental of the Challenge Cabin is contributing to illegal snowmobile trespass into the Great Bear Wilderness and the Badger-Two Medicine, including near females grizzly bears with cubs just emerging from their winter dens. When required by its own Forest Plan to shut down the Skyland area, the Flathead instead simply shifts snowmobiling to the equally sensitive northern Swan Range!
We simply can’t let this happen in the Swan Range!
Our Fall 2014 edition of Swan View’s News describes our recent accomplishments and continuing challenges in protecting wildlife, wilderness and people!
It includes news of our recent lawsuit victory in the Swan Valley, calculates the carbon footprint of snowmobiling, asks you to write a quick note to keep DNRC and Stoltze Lumber from logging the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails, and announces our 30th Anniversay membership meeting for November 16th!
Remember to support our work by Nov 30 and Cinnabar Foundation will match your donation, doubling your money!
Click here to view or download our Fall 2014 newsletter.
Here is the table of contents:
Please DONATE NOW to support the critical work described in our newsletter!
Fish, wildlife, wilderness, and people are counting on us - and you!
UPDATE 12/15/14:THE GOOD NEWS:
Fifty folks like you told DNRC to protect the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails, including the nearby aesthetics and wildlife habitat - and DNRC has halved the acreage it proposes to let Stoltze Lumber Company log there.THE BAD NEWS:
Rather than likewise reduce the “salvage” logging volume from the initial proposal of 55 truck loads, DNRC has proposed to now log some green trees along with the dead and dying trees in order to “sanitize” the forest (by removing up to 50% of the trees)!
DNRC has posted a brief Environmental Assessment and has invited public comment again until December 19, 2014.
Urge DNRC to select the “No Action” alternative in the EA, which would simply leave the area alone and natural.Many thanks to those of you that are writing in on this!
(From October 5, 2014, below).
Your email message is needed today to keep F.H. Stoltze and DNRC from logging the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails that access the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
While logging its neighboring land near the Jewel Basin Road this fall and winter, Stoltze wants to take feller-bunchers and grapple skidders onto Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation land to “salvage” 55 log truck loads of reportedly dead and dying trees.
DNRC says this beautiful, healthy forest may be reduced to as little as 8-10 trees per acre!
DNRC in 2006 agreed to protect the recreational and aesthetic values of these trails by moving its Foothills Timber Sale downhill and out of sight of them. Click here to read that letter of agreement!
The Forest Service’s Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails lie on DNRC easements in the exact area Stoltze wants to log and are highly valued, non-motorized recreation trails leading to Jewel Basin and the historic Alpine Trail #7. This is simply the wrong choice of an area to be logged!
The Broken Leg Trail has already been turned into a logging road where it crosses Stoltze Land. Let’s convince DNRC to again respect the value of these trails where they cross State Land and not allow logging there!
Click here for a map of the proposed logging.
Comments are due by October 20th!
Click here for our recent letter to the editor for more information.
Click here and scroll down to “Scoping Notices - Birch Creek” for DNRC’s invite of public comment.
UPDATE: Click here for SVC’s letter to DNRC in this matter.