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]


Forest Service Reneging on Promises to Prohibit Motorized Trails in Krause Basin!

This page documents promises made by the Flathead National Forest to close all trails in Krause Basin to motorized use after designating it a Wildlife Management Area and mandating that the trails "not be marked on the ground."

These stand in stark contrast to the Flathead's efforts in its 2018 revised Forest Plan and since to instead designate Krause Basin a Focused Recreation Area, retain motorized use of the trails, mark them on the ground, and permit commercial motorcycle tours on them!

Swan View Coalition's May 12, 2021 Notice of Intent to File Suit in these matters provides a detailed description of these problems, Below are links to the 28 documents cited in the Notice of Intent (or you can click on the Document numbers in the May 12, 2021 NOI, which utilize the same links to access each Document directly). None of these are currently on the Flathead's Krause Basin Collaborative web page.

Document 01, Document 02, Document 03, Document 04, Document 05, Document 06, Document 07, Document 08, Document 09, Document 10, Document 11, Document 12, Document 13, Document 14Document 15, Document 16, Document 17, Document 18, Document 19, Document 20, Document 21, Document 22, Document 23, Document 24, Document 25, Document 26, Document 27, Document 28.

Swan View Coalition's April 4, 2018 letter outlines its management plan for Krause Basin and it is updated in SVC's Winter-Spring 2021 newsletter.

This article published on December 13, 2021 • [Permalink]


Holidays Newsletter: Reflecting on 2021 and Looking Forward!

Our Holidays 2021 newsletter pays tribute to the late Brian Peck, calls for truth to restore hope, previews a guide to how forest ecosystems function, and asks for your help raising $20,000 in December!

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

A big THANK YOU to those of you who have made donations that support our continuing work!

Won't you join them and make a donation today?

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

This article published on November 22, 2021 • [Permalink]


Judge Rules in Favor of Grizzly Bears and Bull Trout!

A federal judge has ruled in favor of grizzly bears and bull trout in our lawsuit against the 2018 revised Flathead Forest Plan!

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy cited Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in ruling that federal agencies were negligent in abandoning the prior Plan's Amendment 19 road management protections for grizzly bear and bull trout, saying it is "like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet."

Amendment 19's road closure and removal requirements are credited with putting threatened grizzly bears on a path toward recovery. Its requirement that culverts be removed from permanently closed roads is credited with helping protect threatened bull trout from the sediment released by inevitable culvert wash-outs. 

The revised Flathead Forest Plan abandoned these requirements, so Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan filed a lawsuit in 2019. Judge Molloy's 6/24/21 Order requires the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its abandonment of Amendment 19 and to conduct new Endangered Species Act reviews of any new road-building projects.

Our victory should also slow down federal efforts to remove ESA protection from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear population, which is premised on the same abandonment of Amendment 19 road and motorized vehicle management.

Click here for our joint press release with Earthjustice.

Click here for Judge Molloy's Order.

Click here for more background on our lawsuit, first filed in 2019.

WildEarth Guardians and others also filed a lawsuit against the Flathead Forest Plan, which the court combined with ours. 

NEWS COVERAGE:

Kalispell Daily Inter Lake

Montana Public Radio

Missoulian

Reuters

Missoula Current/KPAX

This article published on November 10, 2021 • [Permalink]


Summer-Fall Newsletter: Even Victories Require Constant Vigilance!

Our Summer-Fall 2021 newsletter reports on our continued advocacy and volunteer work, asks you to tell Glacier Park to end its noisy commercial air tours NOW and announces our October 10 general membership meeting!

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

A big THANK YOU to those of you who have made donations that support our continuing work!

Won't you join them and make a donation today?

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

This article published on September 21, 2021 • [Permalink]


Your Prompt Donation Matched by Cinnabar Foundation!

Your prompt donation to support our work will be matched/doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!

Be among the first $4,000 in donations and your donation will explode like the fireweed seed shown here!

This is Cinnabar's way of making your donation go even further in helping us keep America's roadless areas roadless, keeping its old-growth forest standing, and restoring its damaged ecosystems through limits on off-road vehicles and the reclamation of excessive roads!

Simply CLICK HERE TO DONATE or send a check to Swan View Coalition at 3165 Foothill Road, Kalispell, MT 59901!

We are currently working hard to insure our Flathead Forest Plan lawsuit victory results in good changes on the ground, not just on paper.

With your help, we kept commercial motorcycle tours out of Krause Basin this year and with your continued help we intend to get them banned permanently!

THANK YOU for your support of our work and for helping us meet Cinnabar's $4,000 challenge/matching grant!

This article published on August 26, 2021 • [Permalink]


Sign Up NOW to Speak Up for Krause Basin!

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Please sign up today to help plan recreation management in the wildlife-rich Krause Basin!

The Swan Lake Ranger District has announced it will begin a public planning process and is asking interested people to sign up for it by August 15.

We need lots of individual voices to get the Forest Service to honor its past promises to get motorized vehicles out of Krause Basin and to not turn the area into one more crowded tourist trap!

Email your name, phone number and mailing address to Darlene Bridges at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Put "Krause Basin" in the subject line.

See our Winter/Spring Newsletter for more background on recreation management in Krause Basin.

These public lands and wildlife belong to everyone. You don't need to live near Krause Basin to be an "interested participant."

You don't have to commit to participating in the process until the Forest Service describes it more completely after August 15, but you do need to sign up now to have the option and receive further information.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments to speak up for the health of people, wildlife and their habitat!

This article published on July 11, 2021 • [Permalink]


COVID Updates!

As COVID precautions loosen, we remain hard at work and will continue our weekly Swan Ranger reports.

We will not resume Saturday Swan Ranger group outings due to pressure on group size, but we encourage people to continue hiking, skiing and snowshoeing in small groups of their own.

Our Swan Rangers in Service will continue to help the Forest Service maintain trails that are supposed to be on the landscape and to help restore areas damaged by unauthorized trails.

We hope to resume our every-other-Sunday Community Potluck and Music Jam Sessions this Fall.

COVID has had little effect on our advocacy work because we have been able to work and hold meetings remotely and have been able to get out in the field whenever necessary. 

We remain hard at work and appreciate everyone's patience during these times of COVID precautions!

This article published on May 14, 2021 • [Permalink]


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