Code of Responsible Recreation for America’s BackcountryThe wild is being driven out of America's backcountry by ultra-marathon foot races, biking, motorized vehicles, and other frontcounty sports run amok.
We therefore offer the following code of conduct:
Responsible backcountry recreation remains rooted in quality, not quantity.
It is measured by depth of appreciation, not by fastest speed or longest distance.
It minimizes haste, hardware, competition, and intrusion.
It engages people in conservation through mindful practice of minimal impact.
It reserves the backcountry for traditional, contemplative recreation that can't be had in the frontcountry.
Conservation of fish, wildlife and America's backcountry requires people acting more responsibly, not more people pursuing cheap thrills and extreme sports.
--By Swan View Coalition and Others
This article published on July 07, 2011
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat! Keith Hammer photo.
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!
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!
November 23, 2022
This Thanksgiving we are thankful to have public lands worth protecting and your support of our work to do so!
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.
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!
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!
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!
May 10, 2022
Your comments are needed to object to commercial permits that promote crowding of the Flathead National Forest!
February 13, 2022
The Forest Service cannot ask the Krause Basin Collaborative for group/consensus recommendations, only individual advice.
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."
November 22, 2021
Our Holidays 2021 newsletter pays tribute to the late Brian Peck, calls for truth to restore hope, previews a guide to how forest ecosystems function, and asks for your help raising $20,000 in December!
November 10, 2021
A federal judge has ruled in favor of grizzly bears and bull trout in our lawsuit against the revised Flathead Forest Plan!
September 21, 2021
Our Summer-Fall 2021 newsletter reports on our continued advocacy and volunteer work, asks you to tell Glacier Park to end its noisy commercial air tours NOW and announces our October 10 general membership meeting!
August 26, 2021
Your prompt donation to support our work will be matched/doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!
July 11, 2021
Please sign up today to help plan recreation management in the wildlife-rich Krause Basin!
May 14, 2021
As COVID precautions loosen, we remain hard at work and will continue our weekly Swan Ranger reports, but will not resume Saturday Swan Ranger group outings.
May 04, 2021
Your email today can help stop motorized dirt bike tours in Krause Basin and other harmful Special Use Permits on the Flathead National Forest!
March 24, 2021
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!
March 17, 2021
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.
February 02, 2021
You can send a two-minute email today objecting to half-square-mile clearcuts proposed above Swan Lake!
November 30, 2020
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!
October 21, 2020
Your quick email is needed by Nov 6!
September 29, 2020
Massive logging and habitat fragmentation scam called "landscape restoration" - YOUR EMAILS NEEDED TODAY!
August 21, 2020
Our Summer-Fall 2020 newsletter reports on how we are not distracted by COVID-19 and the run-up to the November elections, how the "Good Neighbor Authority" is just another "Good Ol' Boy" privatization of public resources, bids farewell to Jim Posewitz, announces our October 11 membership meeting, and reminds you that your prompt donations will be matched/doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!
August 10, 2020
Your emails are needed to help protect the Echo-Broken Leg, Crater Notch, Hall Creek, Bond Creek and other trail areas from "salvage" logging!
June 08, 2020
Our Spring 2020 newsletter reports on how we are dealing with COVID-19, a federal judge twice thwarting the Flathead's efforts to hide its Forest Planning records, the downward spiral of forest thinning and commercial recreation, and Cinnabar Foundation once again willing to match/double your donations!
May 05, 2020
Research shows COVID-19 social distancing must be increased while hiking, running and biking!
April 26, 2020
Your comments are needed NOW to help stop a 700-person trail-running event and help shape commercial guiding on the Flathead NF!
April 05, 2020
Now is your chance to advise Governor Steve Bullock that you don't want Montana to authorize the sport hunting of grizzly bears!
March 17, 2020
Swan View Coalition has suspended until further notice its every-Saturday Swan Ranger Outings and its every-other-Sunday Community Potluck and Music Jam Sessions, due to coronavirus concerns.
February 09, 2020
Our Winter 2020 newsletter reports on the Forest Service's return to its road-building binge, how it is trashing our climate, what we are doing about it, and how the government is trying to use executive privilege to hide Flathead Forest planning documents from public and judicial review!
January 09, 2020
The revised Flathead Forest Plan pledged to maintain the on-the-ground grizzly bear habitat conditions that existed in 2011, in order to be consistent with the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy. Now the Flathead says it will not maintain those levels of habitat security as it increases human development of bear habitat!
December 20, 2019
Your comments on permitting a commercial shuttle and ski/snowshoe guide service on the Flathead NF's Round Meadow Winter Trails are due Dec 22!
December 12, 2019
Patagonia will match/double your donation to support the work of Swan View Coalition if you donate now!
November 29, 2019
Our Holidays 2019 newsletter takes a look at what each of us can do to minimize our consumption of natural resources and to minimize our disruption of wildlife when recreating!
October 06, 2019
Our Summer-Fall 2019 newsletter reports on how the broader public voice is being sidelined as the Forest Service pursues new regulations, collaboration and public-private partnerships to more quickly serve private interests!
September 22, 2019
Your prompt donation to support our work will be matched/doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!
June 25, 2019
Dr. Chris Servheen says he opposes the issuance of Special Use Permits for ultra-marathon trail-running races in bear habitat and wants permits for mountain bike guiding to comply with interagency recommendations for minimizing bear-human conflicts.
June 13, 2019
Tell the Flathead NF today to not issue Special Use Permits for irresponsible recreation!
May 30, 2019
Our Winter-Spring 2019 newsletter reports on how the revised Flathead Forest Plan is ushering in lawlessness - and why we are suing over it!
May 22, 2019
Your are invited to practice the Swan Crest Crawl and mindful recreation!
February 13, 2019
Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan have filed a lawsuit over the Flathead Forest Plan's abandonment of key protections for threatened grizzly bear and bull trout!
February 12, 2019
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.
December 30, 2018
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!
December 20, 2018
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year!
December 03, 2018
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!
September 25, 2018
The Court's restoration of ESA protection to the Yellowstone grizzly bears does not stop the planned removal of those protections in the Glacier/NCDE area!
September 21, 2018
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!
September 06, 2018
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!
August 26, 2018
Please take 5 minutes to urge the Flathead Forest Supervisor to select the Forest Plan option that removes motor vehicles from Krause Basin!
July 18, 2018
Your comments are needed today to secure wildlife habitat on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir!
March 15, 2018
Our Winter-Spring newsletter reports on how Objections to the Flathead Forest Plan show who's fighting for fish and wildlife and who's selling them out to make it appear consensus has been reached on forest management!
February 13, 2018
Conservation groups wanting better protection for fish and wildlife in the Northern Rockies filed Objections to the revised Flathead Forest Plan and Amendments to four other Forest Plans in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.
January 23, 2018
UPDATE: Swan View Coalition testified on behalf of 15 other groups and organizations at a July 7 Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop in Missoula, MT, and submitted more comments in January 2018.
January 14, 2018
If you commented in 2015 or 2016 on the draft Flathead Forest Plan in favor of more Wilderness and a non-motorized Krause Basin, you have until February 12 to express your disappointment with the final Forest Plan and ask for changes!
December 27, 2017
The Flathead National Forest dumped 3,000 pages of documents on the public over the holidays and Fish and Wildlife piled more on - all intended to strip Endangered Species Act protections from Glacier- and Yellowstone-area grizzly bears!
December 19, 2017
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
December 12, 2017
Swan View Coalition has issued its critical review of the Biological Assessment of the final revised Flathead Forest Plan, along with Friends of the Wild Swan.
December 06, 2017
Keith Hammer has issued three Supplements to his "Roads to Ruin" and "TMRD" reports, providing documents showing logging roads must have their stream-bearing culverts removed, then the roads must be removed from the Flathead Forest Road System and revegetated before they can be omitted from calculations of Total Motorized Route Density.
November 21, 2017
Our Holiday Newsletter looks at recognizing and protecting nature's gifts, rather than simply imposing our will on the world!
November 17, 2017
Swan View Coalition, Friends of the Wild Swan and WildEarth Guardians put the Flathead National Forest on notice they will file suit over logging road impacts to bull trout.
October 03, 2017
Our Fall 2017 newsletter uses illustrations and science to debunk the "logging prevents wildfire" myth, describing how we can protect our homes while letting fire play its essential role in forest ecosystems!
August 10, 2017
Your quick email is needed today to keep Flathead hiking trails from being turned into freeways for mountain bikes!
July 05, 2017
Our Summer 2017 newsletter takes a quick look at delay in release of the Revised Flathead Forest Plan and two Swan Valley timber sales, in light of persistent efforts by the Flathead to weaken protections for threatened bull trout and grizzly bear, noting local communities are getting fed up with the roads, weeds and ATVs that follow logging!
May 03, 2017
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!
April 24, 2017
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!
March 24, 2017
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!
February 06, 2017
Your email is needed today to stop the takeover of National Forest lands in the Swan Valley by Lake County!
December 29, 2016
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and issues a last call for 2016 support!
December 21, 2016
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
December 19, 2016
Please tell the Flathead National Forest to not approve high-speed mountain bike trails in the area where one of its employees was killed in July when he literally ran into a grizzly bear while "riding his mountain bike at high speed!"
December 18, 2016
Please DONATE NOW to help us secure quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people!
December 06, 2016
Our Holiday Newsletter renews our pledge to fight for public wildlands and restoration, reports on the growing national support for it, and notes the pitfalls of local collaboration!
October 30, 2016
Thanks to your comments and grassroots networking, support is growing for our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan! See our Fall 2016 newsletter!
September 28, 2016
Let the Flathead National Forest know TODAY that you support Alternative C's new wilderness recommendations and prohibiting mechanized vehicles in those 507,000 acres of roadless lands!
September 20, 2016
Your short emails and letters are needed NOW to protect wildlands and wildlife habitat in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!
September 07, 2016
Here are links to SVC's comments on the Draft Revised Flathead Forest Plan, proposed grizzly bear amendments to four other NCDE Forest Plans, and their Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEISs).
August 16, 2016
Want to protect all wildlands and restore damaged habitats on the Flathead National Forest? We make it simple in our Summer 2016 newsletter!
June 16, 2016
The Forest Service is holding open houses in Kalispell and Missoula, June 20 and 22, to unveil its Draft EISs for a revised Flathead Forest Plan and revised grizzly bear management on four other Forests. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a hearing in Missoula July 7 to take public comment on grizzly bear de-listing in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem that includes those five Forests!
May 23, 2016
Our Winter-Spring 2016 newsletter releases our new report "Roads to Ruin," describes how our investigations have already helped secure more road decommissioning for bull trout in the Swan Valley, and describes how the report will help us all wrestle with the revised Flathead Forest Plan and Grizzly Bear De-Listing DEISs due out May 27!
February 03, 2016
Your 5-minute letter is needed by February 11 to stop logging damage to a recovering burned area near the Great Bear Wilderness!
December 30, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and says Thank You for your support of our work in 2015!
December 23, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Winter and Happy Holidays!
December 11, 2015
We need your help TODAY to stop Congress from attaching damaging logging riders to the must-pass spending bill!
December 04, 2015
Our Holidays 2015 newsletter celebrates spirited grass-roots conservation, faith, passion, and the support of our members!
November 24, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2015
This is the last call to have your donation matched by Cinnabar Foundation!
November 05, 2015
Only a few weeks left to have your support of our work doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!
October 28, 2015
Though burning wood to produce electricity releases more carbon into the atmosphere than burning coal, the European Union says it releases no carbon at all - a bald-face trick of accounting that may be followed by the U.S.'s EPA!
October 23, 2015
Researcher Diana Six faults logging as a misguided substitute for forest thinning by beetles!
October 11, 2015
Facts are getting in the way of attempts to blame fires on a lack of logging and to blame a lack of logging on environmental lawsuits!
September 20, 2015
Our Summer-Fall 2015 newsletter looks at the politics of logging and wildfires, and tracks the millions of dollars the Forest Service is paying its collaborative "partners!"
June 02, 2015
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!
April 30, 2015
Wilderness slide show by author Frederick Swanson May 13, 7-9 pm, at the Swan River Community Hall!
April 17, 2015
Our Spring 2015 newsletter provides a bit of background and 7 points we'd like you to consider making in your comments on the Proposed Flathead Forest Plan by May 15!
March 12, 2015
Please take a moment NOW and write an email objection to the Flathead National Forest, which wants to institutionalize and highlight ORV use of the wildlife-rich Krause Basin in its new draft Forest Plan!
February 25, 2015
The Washington Post has found Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) lied not once, but twice recently, greatly exaggerating how much federal logging in Montana is being held up by environmentalist lawsuits!
February 12, 2015
Our Winter 2015 newsletter outlines why we must intervene NOW to protect America's wilderness and conservation legacy - and how you can help!
December 30, 2014
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year from high atop the Swan Crest!
December 21, 2014
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice and Happy Holidays!