Swan View’s News

We issue our Newsletter 3-5 times per year and post a link to view or download it on this web page, along with occasional Action Alerts. Or, you can Subscribe to receive our Newsletter and occasional Action Alerts automatically.

This article published on July 15, 2011 • [Permalink]

Help Stop Motorized Dirt Bike Tours in Krause Basin Now!

Your email today can help stop motorized dirt bike tours in Krause Basin and other harmful Special Use Permits (SUPs) on the Flathead National Forest!

The Flathead National Forest wants your comments on 19 proposed Special Use Permits. Among them are guided tours on motorized dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs - including in the wildlife rich Krause Basin enjoyed by walkers and horseback riders!

Please send an email by May 12 to the following addresses:

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Consider making the following points:

1. Object to issuing a permit for guided motorized dirt bike tours, especially in the wildlife rich Krause Basin area. Motorized dirt bikes, let alone dirt bike tours, don’t fit in with Krause Basin’s popularity for walking and horseback riding!

2. Object to all of the permits intended to provide motorized recreation as an end in itself. Intentionally promoting motorized dirt bike, ATV, UTV, and watercraft rentals and tours does not work toward the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Each gallon of gasoline burned puts 20 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere! And the noise spoils the outdoors for everyone else!

3. Object to the permits intended to promote trail running, bike and foot races - with up to 400 participants and 300 spectators! These displace others from the trails and promote recreation that increases the risk of surprise encounters between people and bears, which have resulted in the deaths of both.

4. Ask that non-motorized bike tours stick to roads open to motorized vehicles and not use roads closed to protect wildlife security.

5. Support the Journey to Wellness and Montana Academy permits for healing hikes in quiet, unhurried nature. These stand in stark contrast to the majority of the 19 SUPs being proposed, which instead spew forth crowds, haste, noise, and exhaust fumes that destroy other peoples’ ability to enjoy their National Forests and the planet.

6. Ask that an Environmental Impact Statement be prepared that looks at the cumulative impacts of the Flathead's SUPs and Rental Cabins expansion program, which are pumping hordes of people into far flung corners of the Forest without adequate concern for fish, wildlife, peace, and quiet.

For more detail on these six points, see our letter here.

Click here for the Flathead's description of the proposed SUPs and their maps.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments to comment on these issues important to the health of people and wildlife!


This article published on May 04, 2021 • [Permalink]

Protect the Remote Bunker Creek from Cabin Development!

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UPDATE 3/9/21: Forest Service pauses to read the over 250 comments it received on this proposal! Click here for the Daily Inter Lake article. THANK YOU to all of you that wrote in opposition to this ill-conceived idea!


Please take five minutes to tell the Forest Service not to build four rental cabins adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the remote Bunker Creek area!

Spotted Bear Ranger District wants to displace traditional semi-primitive tent camping at Bunker Park with 4 rental cabins, 1 trailer pad, a livestock corral, and a childrens playground! This will turn the area into a nearly year-round snowmobile and mountain bike outpost smack in the middle of some of the best wildlife habitat on the Flathead National Forest!

Please send a quick email by April 6 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and put "Bunker Park Rental Cabins" in the subject line. Consider making the following points:

1. The remote Bunker Creek area is adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and is no place to promote recreation through rental cabins!

2. The development would be right in the middle of "some of the most dense grizzly bear and carnivore habitat on the Flathead Forest," not to mention prime habitat for elk, mountain goats and bull trout!

3. The develpment would promote snowmobiling in an area currently seldom reached by people in winter and inevitably result in motorized trespass of unpatrolled closed areas!

4. The development would become a destination for mountain biking from Napa Point and other access along the Swan Crest!

5. The development would displace tent campers and folks without $85 to rent a cabin!

6. No "Categorical Exclusion" shortcuts! Either drop this idea or give it the full and public environmental analysis required by law!

Click here for Swan View Coalition's comments and those of a grizzly bear expert.

Click here to see the proposal on the Forest Service web site.

THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to keep the backcountry a secure place for fish and wildlife!

Press coverage:

3/11/21 Missoulian

3/14/21 Kalispell Daily Inter Lake

3/17/21 Hungry Horse News

3/19/21 NBC Montana TV


This article published on March 24, 2021 • [Permalink]

Winter-Spring Newsletter: We Need Your Help Protecting Krause Basin!

Our Winter-Spring 2021 newsletter gives the history of the wildlife-rich Krause Basin, including past threats and current threats, along with our plan to restore calm, reverence and respect for people and wildlife - in the face of Forest Service plans to instead develop it into a Focused Recreation Area.

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 March 17, 2021 • [Permalink]

You Can Object to Huge Clearcuts Near Swan Lake Today!

You can send a two-minute email today objecting to half-square-mile clearcuts proposed above Swan Lake!

It may be too late to object to the above "landscape restoration" clearcuts on Sixmile Mountain, but you have until Feb 9 to object to huge clearcuts being planned to "reduce fire danger" on the other side of Swan Lake!

Please send a quick email today to Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Regional Forester Leanne Marten (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). Put "Bug Creek - Exceed Max Opening" in the subject line.

Tell them you object to the oversized clearcuts being planned under the Bug Creek Project on Crane Mountain because:

1. They violate the Flathead Forest Plan standard limiting the maximum size to 40 acres.

2. They will be ugly.

3. They will leave wildlife without hiding cover or shade, leaving them more vulnerable to poaching and heat stress, and will leave birds with no trees to nest in.

4. They will greatly increase the spread of wildfire because they dry out the forest floor, produce more ignitable fuels like grass, brush and dense stands of little trees, and are conducive to higher wind speeds that fan the flames.

5. They don't decrease the spread of wildfire by keeping forest openings limited to the 15 meters recommended by science.

Click here for our email summarizing and attaching the most recent fire science.

Click here for our comment letter detailing other problems with excessive clearcut sizes.

Click here for the Forest Service's invitation for you to comment on its excessively sized clearcuts on Crane Mountain.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments to fight massive clearcutting on the Flathead National Forest!




This article published on February 02, 2021 • [Permalink]

Holidays 2020 Newsletter: Looking Forward to 2021!

Our Holidays 2020 newsletter remembers Jack Tuholske, reports on new research on the impacts of mountain bikes and roads, details how the Flathead NF is ramping up its road building and logging, presents a poem and warm thoughts from our members, and thanks you for your kind words and financial support in 2020!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents. Click here to view or download it 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 November 30, 2020 • [Permalink]

Protect Grizzlies as they Emerge from their Winter Dens!

Your quick email is needed by November 6!

The Flathead National Forest is proposing to issue ten Special Use Permits for commercial winter guiding. Most of them would continue after April 1 when grizzly bears and their young are emerging from their winter dens (if not earlier) and looking for something to eat!

The permits are for everything from snowmobiles and snowbikes (motorcycles converted to snowmobiles) to skiing and snowshoeing, all of which can disturb grizzly bears and other wildlife during the crucial Spring months following a winter of little or no food! (MDFWP photo at right).

Please send a quick email today to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let the Forest Service know you want all commercial winter recreation permits confined to the the grizzly bear denning period Dec 1 - March 31 and not allowed after April 1 den-emergence!

Click here for the Flathead's list of permits being considered and maps of the proposals. You'll find permit proposals for commercial guiding on Tally Lake Ranger District (including the Round Meadows Winter Trails), the Blacktail Mountain area, the north end of the Swan Range, the south end of the Whitefish Range, and near the Great Bear Wilderness in the Middle Fork Flathead.

We are particularly opposed to a permit that would allow commercial skiing and snowshoeing trips on the old Paola Creek Road that was decommissioned in 1997 so it would no longer facilitate human intrusions into key grizzly habitats adjacent to the Great Bear Wilderness. Worse yet, the trips would be allowed through all of April even though grizzly bears are out of their dens and, like wolverine, looking for winter-killed carrion in the streamside and avalanche chute habitats that were to be protected by decommissioning the Paola Creek Road! Click here for our letter about these permits.

Please take a few moments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let them know you want grizzly bears and all other wildlife protected from commercial recreation during the critical Spring months! Our short letter and the Flathead's list of Special Use Permits may provide you with more ideas about areas special to you that you want protected.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments to speak up for wildlife and mindful recreation! 



This article published on October 21, 2020 • [Permalink]

Your Emails Needed to Stop Massive “Restoration” Logging Scam!

This is not a joke! This graphic is from the Flathead National Forest’s proposed 272-square-mile Mid-Swan Landscape "Restoration" Project, which would intentionally fragment the forest further by building more roads and removing 60,000 log trucks full of trees over the next 15 years!

UPDATE 10/14/20 - With the DEIS comment period now closed, here are links to some major comments opposing the Mid-Swan Project:

Click here for comments by Swan View Coalition and 11 others.

Click here for comments by Friends of the Wild Swan.

Click here for comments by Wilderness Watch.

Click here for comments by six retired Forest Service Wilderness Specialists.

Click here for comments by WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity.

THANK YOU to all of you that sent in comments on this egregious project!

Click here for a press release issued by Wilderness Watch, Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan.


Your emails objecting to this “restoration” scam are needed by October 13! Below are suggested comments for your email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Include “Mid-Swan Project” in the subject line:

1. Further fragmenting forest habitat in the already highly fragmented Swan Valley is not “landscape restoration” and doing so in threatened lynx habitat violates the revised Flathead Forest Plan, as admitted in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

2. The Project would build over 40 miles of new roads even though the area is already highly fragmented with 567 miles of Forest Service logging roads and another 578 miles of state and private roads. Storing or decommissioning a handful of those roads still leaves the majority of those road templates on the landscape to harm grizzly bear, bull trout, other fish and wildlife.

3. Restoring this landscape to historic conditions would remove all of the logging roads, but the DEIS does not analyze such an alternative at all, not even as a point of comparison.

4. Nor does the DEIS look at reducing the road network to levels where research shows they no longer significantly harm threatened grizzly bears, as was required under former Forest Plan Amendment 19. Those thresholds still apply to effects analyses like the DEIS!

5. The “no new road” alternative in the DEIS still builds new roads and retains all but 40 miles of the existing road network. It does not provide the adequate range of alternatives required by the National Environmental Policy (NEPA).

6. The DEIS does not disclose the specific locations of the timber sales that will cut down trees to fill 60,000 log trucks over the next 15 years. Once those specifics become known, the public will have no NEPA process to review the estimated impacts of those timber sales. The courts have already ruled this violates NEPA!

7. The Project is an arrogant attempt to dominate the natural landscape with taxpayer subsidized make-work projects. The DEIS claims that 85% of the area needs logging or other forms of human manipulation, including 36,000 acres of designated and recommended Wilderness where natural processes are by law supposed to unfold on their own and without mechanical intrusions.

8. To restore this landscape, remove the logging roads, not the trees!

If you’d like to read this “restoration” scam yourself, click here for the 500+ page DEIS and other documents.

Click here for our 6-page photo comparison of two Swan Valley fires demonstrating that logging and road building do not prevent the spread of wildfires!

Click here for more detailed "talking points" with citations to Mid-Swan DEIS page numbers.

Thank you for taking a few moments to let the Forest Service know you care about keeping native forest ecosystems intact!


This article published on September 29, 2020 • [Permalink]

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