Welcome to the Swan View Coalition

Our work and play are dedicated to conserving community
and quiet habitat for fish, wildlife and people.
Established in 1984, we work to:

  • Conserve the Peace and Quiet essential to public health and the health of our native ecosystems.
  • Ensure timber sale programs on public lands truly sustain water quality, fish and wildlife.
  • Pursue these goals through public education and public involvement whenever possible, and through administrative appeals and litigation when necessary.
This article published on July 05, 2011 • [Permalink]

Let’s Restore Threatened Bull Trout!

Your short email TODAY can help restore threatened bull trout via a better Recovery Plan!

When bull trout were listed as a threatened species in 1999, their numbers had already been reduced by 60%.

Yet the Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan would allow another 25% of local populations to disappear!

That’s NOT recovery, and Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear that from you loud and clear!

Please send a short email TODAY to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (comments due by December 3)!

Tell FWS to establish firm population, habitat and monitoring standards in its Recovery Plan that will ensure bull trout thrive in all areas they are found today and that will restore them to significant portions of their former range.

Click here for a more detailed 3-page alert prepared by Friends of the Wild Swan.

Click here to download a copy of the Revised Draft Recovery Plan.

THANK YOU for taking a moment to help protect the clean, cold waters needed by bull trout, other native fish and people!

(Photo credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg)

This article published on November 23, 2014 • [Permalink]

Snowmobile Disaster Planned for Anna Creek and Jewel Basin!

Your quick email is needed TODAY to avert a snowmobile disaster being planned for Jewel Basin and the northern Swan Range!

The Flathead National Forest wants to add its Anna Creek Cabin on the West Side Reservoir Road to its Cabin Rental Program.

But snowmobilers also want the West Side Reservoir Road snow-groomed in winter for quicker snowmobile access to the Anna Creek and Jewel Basin areas - even though snowmobiling is illegal in the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!

The inevitable result will be an increase in snowmobile violations of Jewel Basin and a flood of snowmobile activity in the essential habitats of grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, and other sensitive wildlife in the northern Swan Range!

Please write a quick email to the Flathead at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Urge the Flathead to 1) not rent the Anna Creek Cabin during wintertime and 2) not allow snow-grooming of the West Side Reservoir Road!

This is a disaster in the making and you can help stop it in its tracks! Please comment TODAY even though comments will be accepted until November 26!

Click here for the Flathead’s letter inviting comments, though it is misleading in saying the area around the cabin is open to snowmobiling and by not mentioning simultaneous pressure to groom the road for quicker snowmobile access.

See the map above: the high country above Anna Creek Cabin is the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, which is closed to snowmobiles! Anna Creek Cabin is no place for a snowmobile base camp!

We’ve seen this deplorable situation develop along the Continental Divide, where grooming of the Skyland Road and wintertime rental of the Challenge Cabin is contributing to illegal snowmobile trespass into the Great Bear Wilderness and the Badger-Two Medicine, including near females grizzly bears with cubs just emerging from their winter dens. When required by its own Forest Plan to shut down the Skyland area, the Flathead instead simply shifts snowmobiling to the equally sensitive northern Swan Range!

We simply can’t let this happen in the Swan Range!

This article published on November 09, 2014 • [Permalink]

Wilderness and Wildlife: Celebrate, Protect, Advocate, Restore!

Our Fall 2014 edition of Swan View’s News describes our recent accomplishments and continuing challenges in protecting wildlife, wilderness and people!

It includes news of our recent lawsuit victory in the Swan Valley, calculates the carbon footprint of snowmobiling, asks you to write a quick note to keep DNRC and Stoltze Lumber from logging the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails, and announces our 30th Anniversay membership meeting for November 16th!

Remember to support our work by Nov 30 and Cinnabar Foundation will match your donation, doubling your money!

Click here to view or download our Fall 2014 newsletter.

Here is the table of contents:

Please DONATE NOW to support the critical work described in our newsletter!

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

This article published on October 13, 2014 • [Permalink]

Stoltze/DNRC to Log Jewel Basin Area Trails!

Your email message is needed today to keep F.H. Stoltze and DNRC from logging the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails that access the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!

While logging its neighboring land near the Jewel Basin Road this fall and winter, Stoltze wants to take feller-bunchers and grapple skidders onto Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation land to “salvage” 55 log truck loads of reportedly dead and dying trees.

DNRC says this beautiful, healthy forest may be reduced to as little as 8-10 trees per acre!

Please email DNRC’s Nick Aschenwald today (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and tell him you want the public trees on State Land left for wildlife and people while Stoltze saws its trees into boards!

DNRC in 2006 agreed to protect the recreational and aesthetic values of these trails by moving its Foothills Timber Sale downhill and out of sight of them. Click here to read that letter of agreement!

The Forest Service’s Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails lie on DNRC easements in the exact area Stoltze wants to log and are highly valued, non-motorized recreation trails leading to Jewel Basin and the historic Alpine Trail #7. This is simply the wrong choice of an area to be logged!

The Broken Leg Trail has already been turned into a logging road where it crosses Stoltze Land. Let’s convince DNRC to again respect the value of these trails where they cross State Land and not allow logging there!

Click here for a map of the proposed logging.

Comments are due by October 20th!

Click here for our recent letter to the editor for more information.

Click here and scroll down to “Scoping Notices - Birch Creek” for DNRC’s invite of public comment.

UPDATE: Click here for SVC’s letter to DNRC in this matter.

This article published on October 05, 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!

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

30th Anniversary Hike and Call to Action!

Our recent hike along the Swan Crest commemorates Swan View Coalition’s 30th anniversary and asks for your short email supporting Wilderness designation for the area!

Enjoy these 27 photos taken from Napa Ridge to Trinkus Lake, then please send a quick email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Urge the Flathead National Forest to manage and recommend the entire wildlife-rich Swan Crest as Wilderness in its Forest Plan, perhaps highlight your favorite areas, then add your name.

You can also watch three minute-long videos highlighting the wilderness qualities of the Bunker, Sullivan and Trinkus portions of the Swan Crest.

Your voice matters and the Swan Crest needs your help - Thank You!

This article published on August 24, 2014 • [Permalink]

Your Email Will Help Decommission Old Logging Roads That are Trashing Fish!

Your email to the Flathead National Forest will help stop more of these logging road landslides from trashing fish and wildlife habitat!

Please send a quick email to Shawn Boelman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell him you want old logging roads decommissioned to protect water quality, fish and wildlife - not simply closed and ignored.

The Flathead already has 2,000 miles of roads like this one in Sullivan Creek demoted to Maintenance Level 1 Basic Custodial Care, where they don’t receive the care needed to keep their ditches and culverts from plugging and then washing the roads into your trout streams!

(Another 1,400 miles are open to public motor vehicle use and have their own costly maintenance issues).

The Flathead is accepting public comments on its draft Travel Analysis Report, which would simply abandon even more old logging roads rather than carefully decommission them to remove culverts and sediment source problems.

Click here to visit the Flathead’s Travel Analysis Report web page.

Click here to read our comments on the Travel Analysis Report.

Click here to read our additional comments on the Travel Analysis Report, made in light of our discovery of slumps in the Sullivan and Quintonkin Creek roads.

Click here to read the Hungry Horse News Article about our discovery of the recent Sullivan Creek landslide.

Click here to read our press release about the Sullivan Creek landslide.

Click here for our letter to state and federal agencies urging that all old logging roads in Sullivan Creek be decommissioned.

Click here to read the Flathead’s “Assessment of the Sullivan Creek Mass Failure,” which claims it was nature’s fault.

Click here to read our response to the Flathead’s “Assessment of the Sullivan Creek Mass Failure.”

Click here to read the Flathead Beacon’s article about the Flathead National Forest still insisting it is an innocent bystander and intends to ignore this road as it continues to collapse, rather than promptly fixing more potential problems further up the road!

Click here to see our video of the Sullivan Creek landslide.

This article published on July 25, 2014 • [Permalink]

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