View of Swan Range
Practice the Swan Crest Crawl and Mindful Recreation!

You are cordially invited to participate in the Swan Crest Crawl, a mindful practice to see how long you can take to hike 70 miles (the length of the Swan Crest from Inspiration Point near the Bob Marshall Wilderness to Columbia Mountain).

You can hike, walk or crawl the 70 miles wherever you wish, but you are encouraged to take your time and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer:

- Sit in the shade by a mountain stream and listen to the songbirds.

- Look around for wildlife big and small. The outdoors is their only home.

- Walk slowly and talk to the wildlife that might be just around the corner in the trail so you don’t have a surprise encounter with a bear, mountain lion or mama moose! Keep your lightweight bear spray handy just in case.

- Keep an eye out for wildflowers and definitely stop to smell the wild roses.

- Bring along kids and elders, sharing enthusiasm and knowledge.

- Carry lots of heavy plant and bird ID books to help slow you down!

- Better yet, bring a bit of camping gear and spend a night or two under the stars!

You can track your 70 miles of progress (and mindful delays) using our Swan Crest Virtual Trek, where you’ll find links to a map and a chart on which you can track your progress.

The interactive map you’ll find there is also a great way to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Swan Crest. And, it will get you thinking about even more ways to appreciate and spend time in the great outdoors wherever you are!

Happy trails, sights, sounds, and smells!

This article published on May 22, 2019 • [Permalink]


Legal Challenge Issued to Abandonment of Fish and Wildlife Protections in Flathead Forest Plan!

UPDATED 4/15/19: The government did not respond to our February 8 60-day notice so on April 15, 2019, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on our behalf in U.S. District Court in Missoula, MT.

Click here for our Court Complaint.

Click here for our 4/15/19 press release.

Click here to read the Missoulian article in this matter.

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Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan have filed a 60-day notice that they will file suit over the Flathead Forest Plan's abandonment of key protections for threatened grizzly bear and bull trout!

The photo above was taken by the Flathead National Forest of its logging road 10753. It considers this road so well "stored" and "impassable" to motor vehicles that it need not be counted as a road in total road density - as though it does not continue to impact fish and wildlife!

Mandatory limits on the road system that were in the prior Forest Plan's Amendment 19 have been fully abandoned in the revised Plan. The Flathead no longer has to decommission old logging roads and remove culverts in order to protect grizzly bears and bull trout, even though research shows bears are displaced by even closed roads and bull trout suffer from the sediment produced by roads.

The Flathead recently revealed what it thinks it can get away with under its revised Plan. Its Mid-Swan Landscape "Restoration" Project would build 60 miles of new permanent logging roads and an unspecified mileage of "temporary" logging roads! In contrast, under Amemendment 19, the Flathead built only 3.2 miles of new road since 1995.

Earthjustice has agreed to represent us in this matter!

Click here for our press release.

Click here for our Notice of Intent to file suit.

Click here to read the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake's article in this matter.

Click here for good reasons to doubt the government's claims that grizzly bears are "recovered" in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

This article published on February 13, 2019 • [Permalink]


"Heart of the Grizzly Bear Nation" Questions Government Claims of Grizzly Bear "Recovery"

Dr. David Mattson questions government claims of grizzly bear recovery in this hour-long video and this Report presenting an alternative vision of robust recovery for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.

Government spokepeople would have us believe that the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear population continues to grow at a rapid pace, fueling dramatic increases in distribution, and that they know with remarkable precision how many bears are there.

In fact, Dr. Mattson explains, we know very little about the current size and trajectory of this bear population. Moreover, episodes of rapid increase in distribution have more plausibly been driven by changes in habitat and diet than by increases in bear numbers.

Click here for our press advisory that summarizes Dr. Mattson's presentation. It includes a link to the video of his presentation and an annotated, video timestamp index to highlights.

You can also go straight to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pfIBnZtjTw .

Or, you can download the Heart of the Grizzly Bear Nation Report here.

(This post updated 6/20/19 to include the new Report).

This article published on February 12, 2019 • [Permalink]


Trump and Flathead National Forest Accelerate Logging!

President Trump and the Flathead National Forest issued orders over the Holidays that will greatly increase the logging of public lands in the New Year!

As the sun sets on 2018, don't think for a moment that the government is shut down!

On December 21, Winter Solstice, Trump issued an Executive Order directing increased logging on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands under the guise of controlling wildfires - even though hundreds of experts have warned logging will make matters worse. The EO instructs the agencies to use existing shortcuts in environmental reviews and to create new shortcuts.

Two days after Christmas, the Flathead National Forest published its Final Record of Decision for its revised Forest Plan. In the same Federal Register notice, the Forest Supervisors of the other Forests in the Northern Continental Divide Grizzly Bear Ecosystem issued Amendments to their Forest Plans. The Flathead Plan and other Plan Amendments all remove or greatly relax management standards that were in prior plans to protect the threatend grizzly bear and its habitats from road building and logging.

We wish we had better news to share, but we wanted to let you know that we aren't asleep at the switch even though the government may be pretending to be!

With you by our side we intend to meet these challenges head-on in 2019! Your continuted support of our work is greatly appreciated!

January 7 update: Click here to read a Hungry Horse New Article chastising the Flathead for not making the release of its revised Forest Plan known publicly. The article also notes that the current Forest Plan's road closure and decommissioning program for grizzly bear security, Amendment 19, had also restored water quality in Big Creek and gotten it removed from the list of "impaired" watersheds - but that Amendment 19 is abandoned in the revised Forest Plan!

This article published on December 30, 2018 • [Permalink]


Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year!

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

May you find yourself among friends and family and doing things you love!

Thank you for your kind words and support in 2018!

This article published on December 20, 2018 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Temporary Win for Grizzlies but More Work Ahead!

Our Holiday 2018 newsletter reports on a temporary legal victory for grizzly bears, but how agencies remain committed to removing their ESA protections in the greater Yellowstone and Glacier ecosystems!

To make matters worse, the revised Flathead Forest Plan is due to be issued by Christmas. It would strip existing protections from grizzly bear habitat regardless of whether ESA protections are lifted - unless we stop it!

So please join others in supporting our work to protect habitats for wildlife, fish and people!

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

A big THANK YOU to those who made donations matched by Cinnabar Foundation!

Won't you join them and DONATE NOW to help us meet our year-end budget?

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

This article published on December 03, 2018 • [Permalink]


NCDE Griz Still on Chopping Block!

The Court's recent restoration of ESA protection to the Yellowstone grizzly bears does not stop the planned removal of those protections in the Glacier/NCDE area!

We need your help to continue fighting delisting of the NCDE grizzly bears, including at this week's hearings in Missoula and Kalispell!

While the Court in the Yellowstone case just gave government agencies good advice on how NOT to proceed in the NCDE delisting process, that doesn't mean the agencies will heed it.

It is important that you show up at hearings, send in comments and send letters to newspaper editors saying you want continued ESA protections for grizzly bears!

The Yellowstone Court ruling supports our position on the NCDE, so please revisit our Action Alert and provide comments to MDFWP this week!

This article published on September 25, 2018 • [Permalink]


Action Alert: Grizzly Bears Need Your Help Now!
Grizzly bears aren't even a blip on the chart compared to the people living, working and playing in their habitat!*

Please tell the State of Montana you want far more than 800 grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem so it can reconnect with Yellowstone and other isolated ecosystems!

Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to write into law that it will maintain 800 grizzly bears in the NCDE/Glacier-Bob Marshall area, fewer than the 1,000 thought to exist today and far fewer than the 5,000 bears population viability experts say need to exist in an interconnected ecosystem in order to maintain genetic diversity!

This would be one of the final steps in removing Endangered Species Act protections from the bear (delisting)!

You can help by sending an email, writing a letter, or attending a meeting next week in Kalispell or Missoula! Comments are due by October 26.

Email FWPGRIZZLYBEARARM@mt.gov or write to Grizzly Bear ARM, MDFWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701!

If you live nearby, please speak up at a meeting in Missoula on Sept. 26, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St. or in Kalispell on Sept. 27, 6:30pm, FVCC Arts and Technology Bldg., 777 Grandview Drive!

Here are some suggested talking points:

1. A 90% probability of maintaining 800 bears in the NCDE core is an inadequate target. How many bears and how much habitat is needed for a single, connected population in the Yellowstone, NCDE, Cabinet-Yaak, Selkirks, and Selway-Bitterroot ecosystems?

2. The "lower 48" grizzly bears were listed under the ESA as "threatened" with extinction. Why are MDFWP and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trying to "divide and conquer" rather than "connect and recover" these ecosystems?

3. Grizzly bears are currently confined to about 2% of their former range and numbers. MDFWP should be ashamed to try and write into Montana law that this constitutes bear "recovery."

4. Grizzly bear hunting would kill bears needed for population expansion and ecosystem connectivity. If you want to write a law, make grizzly bear trophy hunting illegal in Montana forever.

For more background, see page 2 of our Summer-Fall newsletter.

For more talking points, see our recent letter to the editor.

For information on MDFWP's proposed law or to comment on-line, click here.

THANK YOU for taking a moment to speak up for grizzly bears!

*Graph data sources are https://www.montana-demographics.com/counties_by_population and 
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd566349.pdf 
(pages 281-288).

This article published on September 21, 2018 • [Permalink]


Summer-Fall Newsletter: Federal and State Agencies in Lockstep to Reduce Grizzly Bear Protections!

Our Summer-Fall newsletter reports on how federal and state agencies are in lockstep to delist the NCDE grizzly bear and reduce its habitat protections in Forest Plans!

But we provide two short action alerts where, in minutes, you can object to grizzly bear delisting and help get motor vehicles out of Krause Basin in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!

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

Join others in supporting our work now and Cinnabar Foundation will double your donation!

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

THANK YOU!

This article published on September 06, 2018 • [Permalink]


Last Chance to Get Motors Out of Krause Basin in Forest Plan!
Illegal mud-bogging in Krause Basin!

Please take 5 minutes today to urge the Flathead Forest Supervisor to select the Forest Plan option that removes motor vehicles from Krause Basin!

Send a quick email to cweber@fs.fed.us, urging him to incorporate the following option into his final Decision, as provided by the Regional Forester in her Response to Forest Plan Objections:

"Another option to resolve objectors’ concerns over unauthorized motor vehicle use and address their desire for the area to be non-motorized would be to remove the desired condition for existing trails to provide summer wheeled motorized trail experience and motorized winter recreation opportunities close to local communities. A suitability plan component could be added indicating the area is not suitable for motor vehicle use."

You don't need to have filed an Objection to send this email to Supervisor Chip Weber. Every message helps!

Please send a copy of your email to Swan Lake District Ranger Chris Dowling, cdowling@fs.fed.us, who walked parts of Krause Basin with us on August 10.

Click here to read our short letter to the Forest Supervisor and District Ranger in this regard.

Click here for more information on the Krause Basin issue.

Click here for the 121-page Response to Objections. The Krause Basin discussion is on page 19.

This is our last chance to get motors removed from Krause Basin in the revised Forest Plan!

THANK YOU for taking 5 minutes to help make it happen!

This article published on August 26, 2018 • [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."