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]


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]


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

UPDATE: Swan View Coalition testified on behalf of 15 other groups and organizations at a July 7, 2016 Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop in Missoula, MT. We submitted more comments in January 2018 when FWS asked for comments, this time on its Draft Supplement to include HBRC in the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

Click here for our 1/3/18 comments. 

Click here for our 1/23/18 comments.

Please email your support for grizzlies to Fish and Wildlife Service (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by July 22, 2016.

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 January 23, 2018 • [Permalink]


Your Objection to the Flathead Forest Plan Due Feb 12!

If you commented, signed our petition or form letter in 2015 or 2016 on the draft Flathead Forest Plan in favor of more Wilderness and a non-motorized Krause Basin, you have until February 12 to express your disappointment with the final Forest Plan and ask for changes!

This alert will make it easy for you.

The final Plan would designate and promote Krause Basin as a Focused Recreation Area and mark the old system of ATV trails on-the-ground, in violation of past promises to instead ban motorized use of the old trail system.

While the final Plan recommends a bit more wilderness than the draft (0.4% more) it shrinks the size of the Jewel Basin proposed wilderness by 3,500 acres to allow mountain bikes. It also blasts a biking corridor smack through the middle of its meager Bunker Creek proposed addition to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Thanks to folks like you, 98% of the 34,000 public comments the Flathead received asked for all roadless lands to be recommended for Wilderness and for the continued implementation of Forest Plan Amendment 19, which would remove 520 miles of road and close more trails to motorized use, including in Krause Basin, to provide better security for wildlife.

It is important you take a few minutes to file an Objection because it is obvious the Flathead is swayed by industrial-strength logging and industrial-strength "wreckreation." Only 30% of wilderness-suitable lands are recommended for Wilderness. Forest Plan standards to reduce logging roads and motorized trails in order to protect fish, wildlife and quiet recreation are abandoned!

Click here and/or scroll down for more information and step-by-step instructions on how to find your comments and file your Objection!

 


This article published on January 14, 2018 • [Permalink]


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