View of Swan Range
Peaceful Rewards this Holiday Season!

Be in good cheer this Holiday Season and pat yourself on the back while you are at it!

Montana just designated Lake Alva as "no wake," returning a bit of peace and quiet to nesting loons and thoughtful paddlers!

Thanks to people like you, the Missoulian reports that 66% of public comments supported no wake or no motors for Lake Alva!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, and THANK YOU for your generous response to our calls to action!

This article published on December 22, 2013 • [Permalink]


Flathead Skews Forest Plan Revision Process!

The Flathead National Forest has front-loaded its Forest Plan Revision process to reduce wildlife security while increasing motorized access and logging, playing favorites of folks willing to go along with it!

After telling its newly convened Forest Planning collaborative to use its draft 2006 Plan revision as a starting point, the Flathead has now instead distributed a Modified 2006 revision to the collaborative.

The modifications most importantly would:

1. Abandon Forest Plan Amendment 19 and its securing of grizzly bear habitat through limits on roads and motorized vehicles.

2. Greatly expand the "suitable timber base" where commercial logging is scheduled, partly by logging in areas previously set aside as grizzly bear "security core" under Amendment 19.

3. Retain and expand already extensive snowmobile areas established by Forest Plan Amendment 24, while not proposing to reduce snowmobile areas to protect grizzly bear denning, wolverine and lynx.

To make matters worse, the Flathead is playing favorites to the Whitefish Range Partnership collaborative, which has already largely agreed with the Flathead's modifications for the North Fork Flathead.

Click here or below to read our letter to local newspaper editors, which includes links to a couple news articles demonstrating the Flathead's unacceptable favoritism and skewing of the Forest Planning process.

We're working hard to insure your voice can be heard during the Flathead Forest Plan revision process and will advise you of specific points when your comments will be most useful.

Meanwhile you can track or join the revision process at the Flathead National Forest's web site and at Meridian Institute, the contractor the Flathead has hired to attempt to sidestep certain requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (the Forest Service cannot ask for collective advice during meetings that it controls, so it hires a contractor to control the meetings).


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This article published on December 17, 2013 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Simplify, Slow Down, Rejoice!

The Holidays 2013 issue of Swan View's News celebrates how simplifying and slowing down our lives can help save the planet!

Click here to view or download our Holidays 2013 newsletter.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Please DONATE NOW to support our work and help us raise the $14,000 needed to meet our year-end budget!

Thank you for your support!

This article published on December 06, 2013 • [Permalink]


Happy Thanksgiving!

Swan View Coalition wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

And we thank you all for your continued support of our work and for your kind words!

May your Thanksgiving include friends, family, and a calm walk in the great outdoors!

This article published on November 27, 2013 • [Permalink]


Help Stop Logging of Forests Renewed by Fire!

You can help prevent the logging of ecologically important burned forests on Condon Mountain today!

When we toured a proposed logging unit with the Flathead National Forest yesterday, the woodpeckers were out in force emphasizing the importance of trees both live and dead to the circle of life!

Click here to see our video of an American Three-toed Woodpecker feeding on beetle larvae in proposed logging unit #8 - nature's way of controlling beetle populations.

Click here to see Dr. Dick Hutto describe and show how 50 bird species thrive on burned forests and how many use the nesting holes left behind by "pathfinder" Black-backed Woodpeckers. Hutto explains elsewhere that a half-dozen other "pathfinder" woodpeckers, like the American Three-toed, also leave behind nesting cavities used by other species of birds and even small mammals.

Click here to read a letter by 250 scientists that say "the resulting post-fire community is one of the most ecologically important and biodiverse habitat types in western conifer forests" and that "post-fire logging does far more harm than good to the nation's public lands."

Please take a moment to email Ranger Rich Kehr ( rkehr@fs.fed.us ). Urge him to not "salvage" log in the 2012 Condon Mountain fire area! The trees are not going to waste and don't need to be "salvaged." They are being used by wildlife and will help replenish the soil!

And remember, you can Donate Now and have your support of our work doubled by Cinnabar Foundation through November!

This article published on November 06, 2013 • [Permalink]


Flathead National Forest Begins Revising its Forest Plan!

Our Fall 2013 edition of Swan View's News looks at Flathead Forest Plan revision and how you can get involved to help conserve quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people!

Click here to view or download the Fall 2013 newsletter.

Here is the table of contents:

Please DONATE NOW to support our work (and have your donation doubled by Cinnabar Foundation by Nov 30)!

Mark Nov 17 for our Annual Membership Meeting!

Thank you for your support!

This article published on October 30, 2013 • [Permalink]


Last Chance to Save Grizzly Bears!
MDFWP photo

Your comments are needed by Aug 1 to stop removal of Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears!

Send a quick email to NCDECS@fws.gov TODAY!

Here are some comments to consider:

1. Do not attempt to de-list disconnected grizzly bear populations individually, at only hundreds of bears each!

2. Wait until at least 5,000 bears are again biologically connected to one another in the six Lower 48 ecosystems, as science requires!

3. Continue securing bear habitat in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and elsewhere to sustain recovery!

4. Do not relax mortality quotas to allow sport hunting of grizzly bears and increased agency trapping!

5. Keep ESA protection of grizzly bears in place!

Click here for more information.

THANK YOU for taking a few moments TODAY to keep grizzly bears around TOMORROW!

This article published on July 30, 2013 • [Permalink]


You Can Help Keep Grizzly Bears Protected!

Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the first step to remove Endangered Species Act protection from grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, releasing its Draft Conservation Strategy for public comment.

Please send a short email by August 1 to FWS (NCDECS@fws.gov) insisting that full Endangered Species Act protection for grizzly bears not be replaced by a lame "conservation strategy!"

Click here to read our summary assessment of the Conservation Strategy in our Summer 2013 newsletter!

Click here to read our detailed letter to Fish and Wildlife Service.

Click here to access the Draft Conservation Strategy.

PLEASE ACT NOW: The Conservation Strategy would remove legal protections of grizzly bear, remove habitat security protections, and decrease the NCDE grizzly bear population through sport hunting and relaxed mortality quotas.

The NCDE and Yellowstone populations would be "de-listed" from ESA protection though they number less than 1,000 and 600 respectively, are no longer biologically connected, and in spite of research showing some 5,000 bears must be well connected by secure habitat within and between the remaining six Recovery Zones in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington!

Read more in our Summer 2013 newsletter. Its table of contents is shown below.

This article published on July 10, 2013 • [Permalink]


Support No-Wake on Alva Lake!

Please support Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks' "no-wake" proposal for Lake Alva, for the protection of fish, wildlife and people!

Your comments in July 2012 convinced MDFWP to make this proposal, now it needs to hear lots of public support for it!

Simply go to http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/armRules/pn_0137.html and submit your comments by June 14!

You'll also find a briefing paper there summarizing the proposed rule in plain language - and announcement of a June 5 public hearing in Seeley Lake.

High speed motorized uses of this small lake, nestled between the Swan Range and Mission Mountains, is making it virtually impossible for loons to nest there and for people to enjoy quiet paddling and fishing.

Thank you for helping return a bit of quiet and sanity to Lake Alva!

This article published on May 16, 2013 • [Permalink]


Help Support Wolverine Protection Today!
Steve Kroschel/FWS Photo

You can help support protection of wolverine under the Endangered Species Act in just 5 minutes, but you must do so by May 6!

Just follow the easy link below to let U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know how you feel about its proposal to list the wolverine as "threatened" by climate warming, trapping and fragmented habitat!

To comment by May 6:

A. Go to http://www.regulations.gov.

B. Enter FWS-R6-ES-2012-0107 in the Search Box.

C. On the resulting page, hit the Comment Now button.

We suggest you ask USFWS to:

1. List the wolverine as "endangered" rather than "threatened" to provide greater protection under the ESA.

2. Identify snowmobiling and logging as clear threats to wolverine and their secure use of the deep snow pack and old forests they depend on to survive and raise young.

3. Permanently ban the trapping of wolverine, as proposed.

When done, simply hit the Submit button!

To learn more about USFWS's listing proposal see pages 2 and 3 of our Winter-Spring 2013 newsletter.

To see our comments and photos showing USFWS how snowmobiling threatens wolverine on the Flathead National Forest, click here.

To see more comprehensive comments submitted on behalf of Swan View Coalition and 24 other groups by the Western Environmental Law Center, click here.

THANK YOU for taking 5 minutes to help wolverine, an increasingly rare critter endangered by climate warming, logging, snowmobiling, and "sport" trapping!

This article published on May 02, 2013 • [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."