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.
Swan View Coalition and its president, Keith Hammer, were recently featured in the Flathead Beacon!
Did you know Keith Hammer is a former logger and Forest Service employee (as are other members of the board of directors)?
Our Summer 2014 edition of Swan View’s News describes how new Forest and Travel planning rules dovetail with the Wilderness Act of 1964!
It explains how now, more than ever, we need to advocate for more Wilderness designations and wildland recovery!
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Click here to view or download the Summer 2014 newsletter.
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The Hungry Horse News has reported on our contention that areas to be logged on the Flathead National Forest should not be nearly doubled in trade for a bit of recommended wilderness!
F.H. Stoltze Lumber Company, a Whitefish Range partner, sued the Flathead in 1976 when it tried to decrease its suitable timber base to better protect water quality and because “taxpayers couldn’t afford road building costs necessary to cut old growth” that extensively! And now it has partners Montana Wilderness Association and Headwaters Montana saying “all parts of the [Whitefish Range Partnership] Agreement must move forward together,” which is otherwise known as horse trading!
Fish, wildlife and people cannot afford to have the Flathead’s suitable timber base inflated once again and they need more than a handful of roadless lands protected as wilderness!
If you recently received an alert from Montana Wilderness Association and Headwaters Montana, we urge you to NOT endorse the logging increase called for in the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement.
As the alert indicates, the substantial increase in the Flathead National Forest’s “suitable timber base” would require the removal of Endangered Species Act protection of the threatened grizzly bear.
Here’s what the alert does not detail about the Agreement:
1. Existing protection of grizzly bear habitat would then be relaxed to allow more logging!
2. The Agreement would “challenge existing lynx management strategies” to increase the suitable timber base in this threatened species’ critical habitats also!
The Flathead National Forest seized on this idea the moment it was announced and has proposed to increase the suitable timber base forest-wide, not just in the Whitefish Range!
Don’t let the government use your endorsement of the Whitefish Range Partnership as a vote to “de-list” the grizzly bear and weaken protections for griz and lynx forest-wide.
Click here and a bit more on why this is such a bad idea will appear below.
(Photo credit MDFWP)
Swan View Coalition testified before a Federal Advisory Committee on May 29, 2014, detailing how “collaboration” on the Flathead National Forest is being used to marginalize the best available science and those who use it to protect fish and wildlife. Click here to read Keith Hammer’s testimony.
Hammer’s testimony includes links to sources indicating the Whitefish Range Partnership intended to front-load the Flathead National Forest’s Forest Plan revision collaborative by being “first out of the chute.” His testimony and that of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber’s Paul McKenzie (a Partnership member) showed that the Partnership’s proposal to nearly double the lands slated for logging in the Whitefish Range was indeed applied across the Forest during the Forest-wide collaborative and involves relaxing standards for the protection of threatened grizzly bear and lynx habitat.
Our Winter-Spring 2014 edition of Swan View’s News announces our 30th anniversary, the Wilderness Act’s 50th, and invites you to join our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan!
It also describes how corruption at the Udall Foundation, a federal agency charged with managing collaboration and conflict resolution, has helped poison the Flathead Forest Plan “collaboration.”
Here is the table of contents:
Please DONATE NOW to support the critical work and investigations described in our newsletter.
Fish, wildlife and people are counting on us and you!
Frances Alderson, George Alderson, Sandra Babich, Bill Baum, Roger Benson, Edd Blackler, Denise Boggs, Stephen Braun, Henry Bright, William Browne, Larry Campbell, Linda Christensen, Bob Clark, Philip Crissman, Norma DeLang, Ralph DeLang, Sheryl Eaglewoman, Paul Edwards, Larry Evans, Donald Gee, Chris Gotschalk, Reverend Joan Grant, Alan Gratch, Sallie Gratch, Bob Hammer, Kathy Hammer, Keith Hammer, Jon Heberling, Robert Hermes, Joel Holliday, Dr. Brian Horejsi, Cindie Jobe, Todd Johnson, Chris Jolly, Lloyd Jones, Jeff Juel, Steve Kelly, Darlene King, Dennis King, Matthew Koehler, Robert Korechoff, Gayle Langford, Norma Linsky, Norma Lockwood, Gary Macfarlane, Donna Marx, Thomas Marx, Pat McClelland, Dr. Riley McClelland, Eileen McGurty, Brian Mehall, Jill Mehall, Gail Metcalf, Arlene Montgomery, W.R. Montgomery, Anne Morley, Greg Morley, Bob Muth, Laurie Muth, Claudia Narcisco, Laura Negin, George Nickas, Marylin Olsen, Brian Parks, Brian Peck, Helen Pilling, Thomas Powell, Dr. Thomas M. Power, Steve Raiman, Ernie Reed, David Richmond, Kathy Richmond, Joni Schumann, Roger Sherman, Susan Sherman, Jeff Smith, Phyllis Sobczyk, Terry Sobczyk, Edward Sohl, Leslie Stoltz, Margaret Strainer, Jan Verhoef, Joel Vignere, Susan Waldron, Pam Willison, Howie Wolke, Edward Zyniecki.
Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Big Wild Advocates, Conservation Congress, Friends of the Bitterroot, Friends of the Clearwater, Friends of the West, Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana Chapter Sierra Club, Montana Ecosystems Defense Council, Rocky Mountain Blues, Swan View Coalition, Wilderness Watch, WildWest Institute.
Big Wild Adventures, Coon Hollow Canvas, Morley Canoes, Silvertree Inc.