View of Swan Range
Swan Range Community Potlucks and Music Jam Sessions

Join us for our biweekly Community Potluck Dinners and Music Jam Sessions at Mountain Brook Community Center*, 2353 Foothill Road.

The sessions are open to all skill levels and to those wishing to listen rather than play.

We meet on alternating Sundays, sometimes with exceptions for holidays and other events, so check the list of dates below for upcoming sessions.

Potluck begins at 5 pm, followed by acoustic music until 8-ish.

Upcoming music:

Feb 25
Mar 10
Mar 24
Apr 7
Apr 21
May 5
May 19
(Summer Recess - Resume in Fall)

Please be considerate of others' health. If you have recently been exposed to COVID, please do not attend.

*Community Center rental fees go to restore the historic Mountain Brook Schoolhouse next door and meet Community Center operating expenses.

This article published on September 17, 2012 • [Permalink]

Join Us for Our 40th Anniversary Potluck and Gathering!
Jessup Mill Pond and Creston Hatchery Pavilion - USFWS Photo

We hope you can come join us for our 40th Anniversary potluck and gathering on June 9 at the Creston Fish Hatchery pavilion on the shore of Jessup Mill Pond! There will be cake and we get to eat it too!

The gathering will begin around 2pm with short walks on various, mostly-flat trails around Jessup Mill Pond and the Fish Hatchery. It will be a great time of year for bird-watching as the trails take us through forests, meadows and wetlands! Don’t miss the views of the nearby Swan Range!

Around 4pm, Keith Hammer will provide us with a history of Swan View Coalition and its major accomplishments, as well as his time growing up at the Fish Hatchery, which instilled in him a strong conservation ethic. He’ll also touch on the history of the old Jessup townsite where the fish hatchery and government offices now sit.

At 5pm, we’ll continue socializing over a potluck dinner! So bring your place setting, a dish and a cooler if it needs to be kept cold during our walks and talks. There is electricity at the pavilion for a hot pot or hot plate, a nice campground-style vault toilet, but no potable water.

After dinner, a few members of the Swan Range Jammers will provide acoustic music as we unwind. The pavilion offers a large roof for shelter but bring warm clothes should the weather be inclement.

To find the pavilion, turn onto Creston Hatchery Road from either end, Hwy 35 or Lake Blaine Road, then turn onto Kauffman Lane just south of the hatchery and pond. It’s about one-eighth mile down the road, toward the Swan Range.

This will not be an indoor meeting with a boring slide show. We hope you can join us for as long as suits you on the land that gave rise to Swan View Coalition!

For more about our 40 years of accomplishments, see our Winter-Spring 2024 newsletter.

This article published on May 21, 2024 • [Permalink]

Last Call for Cinnabar Match!

This is the last call to have your donation matched by Cinnabar Foundation!

Won't you DONATE NOW to help us restore quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people? Your donation will do double-duty if received this week!

And don't forget our Annual Membership Meeting is Sunday, November 22, at 4 pm. Join us at the Mountain Brook School Library, 2353 Foothill Road, for a quick recap of our accomplishments and election of officers. At 5 pm we'll have a potluck dinner and no-alcohol social hour, followed by a regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Music Jam Session. So come on over and stick around for some good fun and music!

Nearly two-thirds of our work is supported by individual donations from people just like you, so please hit the DONATE NOW button today or send a check to 3165 Foothil Road, Kalispell, MT  59901!

Thank you!

This article published on November 18, 2015 • [Permalink]

Celebrate the Life of Bruce May!

A celebration of Bruce May's life will be held Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Whitefish Community Center, 121 Second Street, Whitefish, MT, from 3-6 pm!

Join Bruce's wife, Elaine Snyder, family and friends in this celebration and potluck dinner.

Bruce was a fisheries biologist with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and an avid volunteer, helping stop the proposed Kootenai Falls Dam and helping secure better protection for fish, wildlife and wildlands in Northwest Montana!

Bruce died April 23, 2015. Click here for his full obituary.

This article published on June 02, 2015 • [Permalink]

Wilderness Slide Show and Book Signing!

Come join us for a wilderness slide show and book signing by Frederick Swanson on Wednesday, May 13, 7-9 pm, at the Swan River Community Hall!

Learn about the hard-fought battles for Wilderness in Montana and Idaho - and be inspired to continue the charge!

Mr. Swanson will emphasize the long fight for the Swan Range's Jewel Basin and Bunker Creek, while talking about his new book "Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies."

Admission is free! The Swan River Community Hall is located across Highway 83 from the Swan River School and Echo Lake Cafe northeast of Bigfork.

Click here for a press release that provides more details and background.

Click here to listen to Mr. Swanson's 35-minute interview on this subject with Whitefish Community Radio - but still come to the slide show May 13 to see and hear much, much more!

This article published on April 30, 2015 • [Permalink]

Annual Membership Meeting November 16th!

Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting will be held Sunday, November 16th, at 4pm!

It will be followed by a potluck dinner at 5pm and a regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Jam Session!

And there will be cake and a quick Swan Crest slide show to help celebrate Swan View's 30th Anniversary!

All will take place at the Mountain Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road!

Hope to see you there!

This article published on November 08, 2014 • [Permalink]

Celebrating 50 Years of The Wilderness Act!

UPDATE: Click here to watch the video of Stewart Brandborg's keynote address and click here for a transcript of his concluding "call to arms!"

UPDATE: In a related matter, click here for a PDF summary of Keith Hammer's 9/12/14 presentation to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center's Wilderness 50 Conference.

Today we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, but mark your calendars for September 20 and join us in a big celebration of it at the Flathead County Fairgrounds!

Come meet and be encouraged by Stewart Brandborg (above), who worked for eight years alongside Howard Zahniser to pass the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964!

This foresighted Act initially designated 9.1 million acres of public lands as Wilderness, including the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and in the hands of hard working citizens has since brought the total to nearly 110 million acres.

But many of America's wildest public lands remain at risk of development and the "expanding settlement and growing mechanization" foreseen by the Wilderness Act.

We look forward to Brandborg's words urging all of us to keep up the good fight!

Click here for our short biography of Stewart Brandborg.

Click here for the Missoulian's more detailed accounting of Brandborg's efforts to pass the Wilderness Act.

Click here or see below for the Flathead's Wilderness 50 Celebration agenda!

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This article published on September 03, 2014 • [Permalink]

Attend a Forward for Climate Rally this Sunday, Feb 17!
Four-frame photo by Chad Harder

Attend a Forward for Climate rally this Sunday, February 17, at noon in Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell, or a city near you! We must MOVE FORWARD NOW!

The four-frame photo of the wolverine above was taken in July by Chad Harder, in the late-season Montana snowpack absolutely essential to wolverine raising their young.

Fish and Wildlife Service predicts these already limited habitats will decline by 63% in this century due to climate warming - threatening the wolverine with extinction in the lower 48 states!

But it's not just wildlife that is at risk, a few degrees of climate warming threatens the very existence of human civilization as well!

If you need convincing, take a few minutes to watch this video on "climate warming made simple" by David Roberts.

We cannot afford to dig up the Alberta tar sands and Montana's coal, selling it to China or elsewhere so it can be spewed into an already warming atmosphere that we all share!

The time for a change in our energy sources and consumption is NOW, before it is too late!

Please act this Sunday to move us Forward for Climate.

For more info visit Forward for Climate: 3 Flathead Valley Rallies, or visit to learn about the main Washington DC rally or search for a same-day rally in your neighborhood!

Sign a letter to President Obama here, urging him to take firm action on climate change!

Kalispell location: Depot Park at the corner of Center Street and Main Whitefish location: Corner of 2nd Street and Spokane Avenue Bigfork location: Harvest Foods roadside along Hwy 35.

This article published on February 12, 2013 • [Permalink]

Annual Membership Meeting November 11!

Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting will be held from 4 - 5 pm on November 11, just prior to the regularly scheduled Swan Range Community Potluck and Music Jam Session.

We'll quickly summarize the past year's challenges and accomplishments, elect officers of our working committee, then socialize over potluck dinner. Folks are welcome to stay and listen to music or join in making it!

The meeting, potluck and jam session will be held at the Mountain Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road.

This article published on November 06, 2012 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Around the World Slideshow Launched!

Send us photos of your Swan Ranger patch engaged in mindful adventure anywhere in the world. 

We'll add it to the slideshow in celebration of Swan Rangers enjoying and learning about the diversity of fish, wildlife and culture around the world - and the importance of their conservation!

If you don't yet have a Swan Ranger embroidered patch, simply email your mailing address to

No "photoshop tricks" allowed - you really gotta go there and take a patch along!

Email your photos and their location to

This article published on April 17, 2012 • [Permalink]

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Logging Road Landslide
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat! Keith Hammer photo.

What's New
Join Us for Our 40th Anniversary Potluck and Gathering! May 21, 2024

We hope you can come join us for our 40th Anniversary potluck and gathering on June 9 at the Creston Fish Hatchery pavilion on the shore of Jessup Mill Pond! There will be cake and we get to eat it too!

Winter-Spring Newsletter: Swan View Celebrates 40 Years! April 24, 2024

Our Winter-Spring newsletter celebrates our 40th anniversary with news of recent victories, a look at what we've accomplished in 40 years, a reminder of the work that still lies ahead, and an invitation to our celebratory outdoor potluck and gathering on June 9!

Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year! December 20, 2023

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year, and has a gift suggestion!

Holidays Newsletter: Things to Celebrate in 2023! December 07, 2023

Our Holidays newsletter announces wolverine are finally given ESA protection, an ESA recovery plan is drafted for lynx, there are promising signs for the management of Krause Basin, and POWDR Corp has withdrawn its plans to super-size Holland Lake Lodge, but reminds us of huge "fuels reduction" logging projects on the horizon!

Summer-Fall Newsletter: Pushing Back Against All Odds! October 12, 2023

Our Summer-Fall newsletter announces the release of our latest Forest Service road closure effectiveness report, describes how the Forest Service is keeping the public in the dark while permitting private corporations to conduct business on public lands, provides graphic proof that "thinning" as "restoration" logging amounts to more clearcuts, and calls on the public to carry and learn to use bear spray when outdoors!

Swan View Report Shows Road Closure Effectiveness Far Lower than Forest Service Claims! September 12, 2023

Swan View Coalition recently released a report based on its 2022 inspection of 303 Forest Service road closure devices in the Flathead National Forest’s Swan Valley Geographic Area. The group found only 53% of the gates, berms and boulders showed no signs of motor vehicle use behind them. When adjusted to account for Forest Service exceptions allowing administrative and logging contractor use behind closures, effectiveness rose to only 68%, far short of the 92% effectiveness claimed by the Flathead NF for 2019-2020.

Your Prompt Donation Matched by Cinnabar Foundation! August 02, 2023

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

Help Push Back on the Commercialization of the Flathead National Forest! May 23, 2023

Your email is needed today to push back on 25 commercial Special Use Permits being issued on the Flathead National Forest!

Winter Spring Newsletter: Government and Industry Set to Log it All! April 17, 2023

Our Winter-Spring newsletter asks you to send a quick email to help stop DNRC from logging the last of its hemlock forests in Krause Basin, then shows how DNRC's proposal aligns with federal proposals that also promote logging to "restore" forests to false "historic" conditions. We provide links to a growing body of research revealing a "falsification of the scientific record in government-funded wildfire studies" that are being used to promote the logging of native forests.

Help Stop DNRC Logging in Krause Basin Today! April 12, 2023

MT DNRC intends to log more of what little native hemlock forest it hasn't logged already in Krause Basin! Please help us stop this phony "forest restoration" now!

Double Your Donation Now! March 23, 2023

Wake up! A generous donor has agreed to match $5,000 in donations to Swan View Coalition! So DONATE NOW and see your donation doubled!

Holidays Newsletter: Learning from Our Past and Moving Forward! November 30, 2022

Our Holidays 2022 newsletter looks at how recreation gets out of control on public lands and what we can do about it. It also provides a brief summary of our work in 2022 and why your membership is important!

Giving Thanks! November 23, 2022

This Thanksgiving we are thankful to have public lands worth protecting and your support of our work to do so!

Summer-Fall Newsletter: Plunder Blunders! October 17, 2022

Our Summer-Fall 2022 newsletter examines two major public relations blunders by the Flathead National Forest as it attempts to force recreational development on a public that is tired of seeing its public lands turned into playgrounds for the rich and racy! We also announce the resumption of our biweekly Swan Range Community Potlucks and Music Jam Sessions - and our Annual Membership Meeting to be held November 20.

Insist Now on Full Public Review of Holland Lake Lodge Mega-Expansion! September 06, 2022

The Flathead National Forest is attempting to approve a mega-expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge on public land without informed public input and with no Environmental Assessment or Impact Statement. Tell the Flathead NOW to back up and start again!

Second Round of Flathead Forest Plan Lawsuits Filed! August 11, 2022

Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan are in the process of filing three new lawsuits against the revised Flathead Forest Plan's building of logging roads in threatened grizzly bear and bull trout habitat!

Winter-Spring Newsletter: To Wonder or Plunder? May 13, 2022

Our Winter-Spring 2022 newsletter takes a sobering look at how, contrary to the way forest ecosystems function and the need to keep carbon stored in trees to combat climate warming, the government and industry instead want to log/thin all the forests they can get their hands on while building all the more logging roads to get it done!

Help Stop Commercial Crowding of the Flathead National Forest! May 10, 2022

Your comments are needed to object to commercial permits that promote crowding of the Flathead National Forest!

FS Cannot Seek Consensus from Krause Basin Collaborative February 13, 2022

The Forest Service cannot ask the Krause Basin Collaborative for group/consensus recommendations, only individual advice.

Forest Service Reneging on Promises to Prohibit Motorized Trails in Krause Basin! December 13, 2021

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."