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]


NCDE Griz Still on Chopping Block!

The Court's recent restoration of ESA protection to the Yellowstone grizzly bears does not stop the planned removal of those protections in the Glacier/NCDE area!

We need your help to continue fighting delisting of the NCDE grizzly bears, including at this week's hearings in Missoula and Kalispell!

While the Court in the Yellowstone case just gave government agencies good advice on how NOT to proceed in the NCDE delisting process, that doesn't mean the agencies will heed it.

It is important that you show up at hearings, send in comments and send letters to newspaper editors saying you want continued ESA protections for grizzly bears!

The Yellowstone Court ruling supports our position on the NCDE, so please revisit our Action Alert and provide comments to MDFWP this week!

 

 

This article published on September 25, 2018 • [Permalink]


Action Alert: Grizzly Bears Need Your Help Now!

Grizzly bears aren't even a blip on the chart compared to the people living, working and playing in their habitat!*

Please tell the State of Montana you want far more than 800 grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem so it can reconnect with Yellowstone and other isolated ecosystems!

Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to write into law that it will maintain 800 grizzly bears in the NCDE/Glacier-Bob Marshall area, fewer than the 1,000 thought to exist today and far fewer than the 5,000 bears population viability experts say need to exist in an interconnected ecosystem in order to maintain genetic diversity!

This would be one of the final steps in removing Endangered Species Act protections from the bear (delisting)!

You can help by sending an email, writing a letter, or attending a meeting next week in Kalispell or Missoula! Comments are due by October 26.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or write to Grizzly Bear ARM, MDFWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701!

If you live nearby, please speak up at a meeting in Missoula on Sept. 26, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St. or in Kalispell on Sept. 27, 6:30pm, FVCC Arts and Technology Bldg., 777 Grandview Drive!

Here are some suggested talking points:

1. A 90% probability of maintaining 800 bears in the NCDE core is an inadequate target. How many bears and how much habitat is needed for a single, connected population in the Yellowstone, NCDE, Cabinet-Yaak, Selkirks, and Selway-Bitterroot ecosystems?

2. The "lower 48" grizzly bears were listed under the ESA as "threatened" with extinction. Why are MDFWP and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trying to "divide and conquer" rather than "connect and recover" these ecosystems?

3. Grizzly bears are currently confined to about 2% of their former range and numbers. MDFWP should be ashamed to try and write into Montana law that this constitutes bear "recovery."

4. Grizzly bear hunting would kill bears needed for population expansion and ecosystem connectivity. If you want to write a law, make grizzly bear trophy hunting illegal in Montana forever.

For more background, see page 2 of our Summer-Fall newsletter.

For more talking points, see our recent letter to the editor.

For information on MDFWP's proposed law or to comment on-line, click here.

THANK YOU for taking a moment to speak up for grizzly bears!

*Graph data sources are https://www.montana-demographics.com/counties_by_population and https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd566349.pdf (pages 281-288).

 

This article published on September 21, 2018 • [Permalink]


Summer-Fall Newsletter: Federal and State Agencies in Lockstep to Reduce Grizzly Bear Protections!

Our Summer-Fall newsletter reports on how federal and state agencies are in lockstep to delist the NCDE grizzly bear and reduce its habitat protections in Forest Plans!

But we provide two short action alerts where, in minutes, you can object to grizzly bear delisting and help get motor vehicles out of Krause Basin in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents. Click here to view or download it as a pdf.

Join others in supporting our work now and Cinnabar Foundation will double your donation!

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

THANK YOU!

 

This article published on September 06, 2018 • [Permalink]


Last Chance to Get Motors Out of Krause Basin in Forest Plan!

Illegal mud-bogging in Krause Basin!

Please take 5 minutes today to urge the Flathead Forest Supervisor to select the Forest Plan option that removes motor vehicles from Krause Basin!

Send a quick email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), urging him to incorporate the following option into his final Decision, as provided by the Regional Forester in her Response to Forest Plan Objections:

"Another option to resolve objectors’ concerns over unauthorized motor vehicle use and address their desire for the area to be non-motorized would be to remove the desired condition for existing trails to provide summer wheeled motorized trail experience and motorized winter recreation opportunities close to local communities. A suitability plan component could be added indicating the area is not suitable for motor vehicle use."

You don't need to have filed an Objection to send this email to Supervisor Chip Weber. Every message helps!

Please send a copy of your email to Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), who walked parts of Krause Basin with us on August 10.

Click here to read our short letter to the Forest Supervisor and District Ranger in this regard.

Click here for more information on the Krause Basin issue.

Click here for the 121-page Response to Objections. The Krause Basin discussion is on page 19.

This is our last chance to get motors removed from Krause Basin in the revised Forest Plan!

THANK YOU for taking 5 minutes to help make it happen!

 

This article published on August 26, 2018 • [Permalink]


Your Comments Needed Today to Protect Wildlife Near Hungry Horse Reservoir!

Your comments are needed today to secure wildlife habitat on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir!

The Flathead National Forest has invited comments on its Betty Baptiste Project Environmental Assessment, which covers the Logan Dry Park grizzly bear management subunit.

Alternative 4 in the EA would at long last close enough of the old logging roads to provide the level of grizzly bear security required by the Forest Plan since 1995!

It is tied, however, to a timber sale that industry is not likely to even bid on because of poor economic conditions.

Please email the Flathead today and urge it to implement Alt. 4 with the following modifications:

a) Drop the logging/timber sale portions of Alt. 4 and independently fund the road closure work to benefit fish and wildlife. Even if the timber sale is purchased by industry, the EA shows it will build more roads to haul away habitat and further spread noxious weeds - while not raising enough money to pay for the ecosystem restoration work!

b) Fully decommission and revegetate, not just "store," the roads necessary to reduce Total Road Density and meet Forest Plan standards. You can't reduce road density by leaving those roads on the landscape!

Please take a few minutes and send your email today to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)! Put "Betty Baptiste Project" in the subject line. Comments are due no later than Monday, July 23!

Click here to read Swan View Coalition's comment letter.

Click here if you wish to look into more details on the Betty Baptiste Project.

GOOD NEWS: We've been awarded another $4,000 matching grant from Cinnabar Foundation, so DONATE NOW to support our work and have your donation doubled by Cinnabar!

THANK YOU for supporting our work with your emails, letters and donations!

 

This article published on July 18, 2018 • [Permalink]


Winter-Spring Newsletter: Forest Plan Objections Separate Wheat from Chaff!

Our Winter-Spring newsletter reports on how Objections to the Flathead Forest Plan show who's fighting for fish and wildlife and who's selling them out to make it appear consensus has been reached on forest management!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents. Click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and will join others in supporting our work!

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

THANK YOU!

 

This article published on March 15, 2018 • [Permalink]


Groups File Objections to Protect Fish, Wildlife in Northern Rockies!

Conservation groups wanting better protection for fish and wildlife in the Northern Rockies filed Objections to the revised Flathead Forest Plan and Amendments to four other Forest Plans in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

The plan revision and amendments are intended to pave the way for delisting of threatened grizzly bear in the NCDE, which would remove their Endangered Species Act protection.

The groups launched a letter writing campaign in 2016. This resulted in 98% of the 33,744 comments the Forest Service received on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement calling for protection of all remaining roadless lands as wilderness and continuation of the road decommissioning program that agencies credit with improving grizzly bear security and helping restore critical bull trout watersheds.

The revised Flathead Forest Plan instead abandons its road decommissioning program and recommends for wilderness designation only 30% of the areas it found suitable for wilderness. The Kootenai, Lolo, Lewis and Clark, and Helena Forest Plans would similarly be amended to abandon road removal as a primary means to restore fish and wildlife habitat that has been damaged.

The groups rallied around the principles of the Citizen reVision alternative Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan asked the Forest Service to include in its DEIS. The DEIS included some of these principles in its Alternative C, which it then assigned the highest marks for maintaining water quality and wildlife habitat connectivity. The FEIS and revised Flathead Forest Plan, however, select Alternative B-modified even though it is assigned "the highest risk of impact to aquatic species" and "is likely to adversely affect" already threatened grizzly bear, bull trout, and Canada lynx!

The Objections were due at Forest Service Region One headquarters in Missoula on February 12. The Region now has ten days to "publish a notice of all objections in the applicable newspaper of record and post the notice online." The Region's responses to the Objections are due within 90 days, unless it grants itself extensions.

Below are links to some of the Objections filed by groups supporting the principles of the Citizen reVision:

Swan View Coalition Objection and Supplemental Objection.

Friends of the Wild Swan Objection.

Independent Wildlife Consultant Brian Peck Objection.

WildEarth Guardians, Western Watersheds Project and Sierra Club Objection.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Montana Ecosystems Defense Council, Friends of the Wild Swan Objection.

Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force, Wilderness Watch, WildWest Institute, Friends of the Bitterroot, Friends of the Rattlesnake, Friends of the Clearwater, Independent Consultant Mike Bader Objection.

Citizens' Objection filed by WildEarth Guardians on behalf of 4,000+ signors.

Montana Chapter Sierra Club Objection.

PRESS COVERAGE:

Click here for a Missoulian article on the 74 Objections filed.

Click here for Montana Public Radio coverage of the 74 Objections filed.

Click here for a Missoula Independent article on Objections filed.

The 3,000 pages of FEIS, Forest Plan and Forest Plan amendments can be found here.

 

 

This article published on February 13, 2018 • [Permalink]


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