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The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate! Urge your Senators and Representatives to support NREPA today!
That's right, there are companion bills in Congress right now that you can get behind to protect 23 million acres of America's public lands in the Northern Rockies as Wilderness! Unprotected Northern Swan Crest
Let's send a clear message to this Congress that we want more wilderness and more wildlife, not less!
Click here to find the email address or contact form for your U.S. Representatives.
Click here to find the email address or contact form for your U.S. Senators.
Ask them to:
Please support or co-sponsor the NREPA bills of Representatives Maloney and Grijalva (H.R. 2135) and Senator Whitehouse (S. 936) because they:
1. Designate 23 million acres of America's most beautiful and ecologically critical public lands as Wilderness in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington!
2. Designate 1,800 miles of outstanding streams and rivers as Wild and Scenic!
3. Create more than 2,300 jobs in rural communities restoring fish and wildlife habitat on public lands damaged by logging and road building!
4. Save American taxpayers $245 million over ten years by eliminating the subsizided industrial development of roadless lands that would instead be protected as Wilderness!
Please enjoy the 5 minutes it takes to support this bold, preeminent legislation!
For maps and more details about NREPA, visit www.saveamericasforests.org/NREPA/index.html.
Your quick email is needed TODAY to stop logging and the building of another 45 miles of roads and trails in threatened wildlife habitat near Whitefish, MT!
The Flathead National Forest's south end of the Whitefish Range provides habitat for threatened grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, fisher, deer, elk, and more. Yet the Flathead is proposing a "collaborative-based" project to harm visual quality with logging, construct 40 more miles of trail for mountain bikes, etc., and build 5 more miles of permanent logging roads.
This, even though the Flathead admits the area is already so full of roads and trails it has no grizzly bear Security Core left. The Flathead is lying when it claims all this development will maintain and improve wildlife habitat and security - it will do the opposite!
1. Do not build more trails in the area. The area around Whitefish and the Whitefish Mountain Resort already provide plenty of mountain biking access. Linking all these trails together with more trails is a sure recipe for conflicts between people and wildlife that are too often fatal!
2. Do not build more roads in the area. Instead, decommission some of the old logging roads to provide security for grizzly bear and other wildlife.
3. Do not violate your own Forest Plan standards for protecting visual quality, as your proposal says your logging will do.
4. Collaboration like this does not foster "strong, more united communities," as claimed by MWA's Amy Robinson and Flathead Area Mountain Bikers' Noah Bodman, when wildlife is not duly considered a part of that community. It looks instead like this was a greedy shopping spree in our National Forest!
Comments are due this Friday, April 28!
For more details, see pages 4-5 of Swan View's letter regarding Taylor Hellroaring.
Click here for the Flathead's full proposal and maps.
THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to speak up for wildlife!
Our Winter-Spring 2017 newsletter announces two reports on the bike-bear death of Brad Treat, examines the role irresponsible commerce plays in the devaluation of the public good, reports on how public-private partnerships help privatize public lands, and urges people to resist the hype in order to re-create a sustainable relationship to the earth!
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We hope you enjoy the newsletter and will join others in supporting our work!
Fish, wildlife, wilderness, and people are counting on us - and you!
Your email is needed today to stop the takeover of National Forest lands in the Swan Valley by Lake County!
UPDATED February 6, 2017:
Jim Simpson of the Lake County Conservation District is trying to ignore the majority against him and listen only to those who own land in Lake County and support his effort to take over 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. He wants more public comment, so let's give it to him!
Even if you wrote in back in December, please do so again! Here's suggested content for your email:
Dear Mr. Simpson and Lake County Conservation District Board;
As an American taxpayer, I am co-owner of the Flathead National Forest - 60,000 acres of which you want to seize control of, log and rob the profits from! I am adamantly opposed to your idea!
You’ve already received 149 comments that, according to National Public Radio and in your own words “quite honestly right now are heavily opponent comments, opposed to the concept.” You’ve already wasted $40,000 in public funds pushing your idea, funds that could have been put to good use funding Lake County conservation projects instead.
Now you say you still want to find the “silent majority” in favor of your proposal. Well, you can’t arrive at a silent majority by dismissing the comments of everyone that disagrees with you or doesn’t live in Lake County, Montana.
As an American taxpayer, I co-own the NATIONAL Forest lands in Lake County and I’m telling you to kindly get your hands off of them! They do not belong to Lake County, nor do you have the right to seize control of them and the profits you’d like to reap by logging them without regard for federal environmental protections.
Please consider me among the majority OPPOSED to your proposal, which includes a couple of our own board members!
December alert and background, below:
The Lake County Conservation District wants to take over management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest in the Swan Valley so it can log them. Lake County wants to try and make more money logging than it already gets in payments from the Forest Service to Lake County.
Thankfully, not all members of the Lake County Conservation District agree. LCCD Supervisors Curt Rosman, Susan Gardner and Toni Burton recently wrote "Enough time and money have been spent on this dead end proposal. It is time to let it die and concentrate on our current responsibilities." Read their full dissent here.
And, if you really want to drive the message home, attend the LCCD's meeting at the Swan Lake Community Center in Swan Lake at 6:30pm, December 7th!
According to Lake County "Your feedback will help the LCCD decide if the study should be terminated or if LCCD should ask Montana's Congressional delegation to create legislation establishing a [State run] Conservation Forest in the Swan Valley on federal forest lands [to benefit Lake County].
For more information on this really bad idea, visit http://swanforestinitiative.org .
Thank you for taking a few crucial moments to put an end to this really bad idea and precedent!
Cottonwood Bottom, Krause Basin, Swan Range, 12/28/16
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and issues a last call for 2016 support!
Thank You to those of you that have supported our work in the past and those who would like to do so in the closing few days of 2016!
Please DONATE NOW to help us secure quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people! In 2016 we:
-Helped coordinate overwhelming public support for more wilderness and more watershed restoration in the Flathead Forest Plan!
-Worked with a Swan Valley collaborative to decommission 26 miles of damaging logging roads in Jim and Cold Creeks!
-Filed a lawsuit to decommission more roads to meet Forest Plan standards and get Jim Creek off the list of "impaired watersheds!"
-Filed notice for a similar lawsuit in Coal Creek, another "impaired" critical bull trout watershed, where the Flathead left culverts to blow out in a long-abandoned logging road!
Our work is funded primarily by people like you, not big foundations!
Won't you please join others in supporting our work and help us prepare for the challenges of 2017?
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
May you find yourself in the company of good friends, good shelter and good food!
Thank you for your support of our work in 2016!
As stupid as it may sound, the Flathead proposes to add 12 miles of user-created bike trails, like the one it photographed above left, to its trail system in the Desert Mountain and Lion Hill areas near Hungry Horse and West Glacier.
One of these "informal" trails was in fact closed temorarily while authorities looked for the bear that killed Brad Treat, a Flathead NF law enforcement officer that ran into the bear with his bike. Things were looking equally grim for the bear, as pictured in the Chris Peterson/Hungry Horse News photo in the Daily Inter Lake (above right), though the bear was not found.
Local mountain bike advocates are now clambering to have these user-created trails sanctified by the Forest Service, as they have for non-permitted trails on other federal, State and private lands in the area, claiming no conflicts with wildlife exist!
-To not authorize high-speed bike trails in the habitats of bears and mountain lions, as recommended by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee!
-To not reward reckless trail building that endangers other trail users, horses and wildlife!
-To honor the memory of Brad Treat with a public safety program, rather than promote reckless and potentially fatal behavior!
Click here to locate maps and more info about the Hungry Lion Project (a timber sale, road and trail management project).
Comments are due by December 21!
This is not a drill, it is not April Fools, it's a really stupid idea!
Thank you for taking a few moments to speak up for the wellbeing of wildlife and people!