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]

Krause Basin Needs Your Help Now!

Illegal ORV mud-bogging in Krause Basin, May 2014!

Please take a moment NOW and write an email 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!

Send a quick email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and make the following points:

1. The 1988 Noisy Face Recreation Plan intended to phase out ORV use of Krause Basin by prohibiting ORV races, reducing ORV routes by half, and requiring that remaining ORV routes “will not be marked on the ground.”

2. The 1995 Flathead Forest Plan Amendment 19 finds that the Krause Basin area has more than twice the density of motorized routes allowed and only half of the grizzly bear security required by Forest Plan standards.

3. It is high time to close the ORV routes to motorized vehicles to provide adequate security for grizzly bear, calving elk, wolverine, and lynx.

4. These routes and wildlife habitat can better accommodate lower-impact uses by foot, ski and mountain bike that have become increasingly popular, while maintaining peace and quiet in the adjacent Foothills Road neighborhood.

5. The new draft Forest Plan’s Management Area 7 “Focused Recreation Area” emphasizing “motorized trails” is absolutely unacceptable for Krause Basin and contrary to the goal of limiting human uses to those that don’t trash wildlife security (as are Swan Lake Ranger District’s plans to illegally mark the ORV routes on the ground)!

Click here to download a petition that makes the above points, sign it along with a handful of your friends and associates, then mail it to us at the address provided on the petition.

The Forest Service has had 26 years to reduce ORV use and abuse to levels that protect fish and wildlife. Now it wants to head in the opposite direction and at the expense of lower-impact, quiet recreation! DON’T LET THEM!

Click here to find more details on the history of legal protections for Krause Basin, on pages 4-6 of our 60-day notice of intent to file suit in this matter.

PLEASE ALSO ATTEND the Forest Plan meeting/open house Tuesday, March 17, from 5:30 - 7:30, at the Flathead Forest Supervisor’s Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, west of Costco and Glacier High School!


We’ll issue several more alerts over the next two months as we dig deeper into the new proposed Flathead Forest Plan!


This article published on March 12, 2015 • [Permalink]

Washington Post Outs Tester’s Timber Lies!

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


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!

This well-researched disclosure is important! It shatters the underlying myth and scapegoating upon which efforts by Congress, some State Legislatures, some "conservation" groups, and industry are trying to increase logging on federal public lands, even if it means turning control or title of those lands over to the States!

Conservation groups enforcing America's bedrock environmental protection laws in court is not the problem industry allies say it is! Senator Tester and others are simply going to have to find a new myth and a new scapegoat in order to do the timber industry's bidding!

Tester last week told Montana Public Radio "Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them." The Washington Post finds "there are 97 timber sales under contract in Montana's national forests. Of that number, just 14 have active litigation, so about 14 percent. But only four of the sales are enjoined by a court from any logging."

When Tester was again questioned by MTPR, he suddenly became "unavailable" for the week and his staff shifted to talking timber volume, claiming "Nearly half of the awarded timber volume in Fiscal Year 2014 is currently under litigation." The Washington Post finds this to also be a lie, finding only about 10% of the timber volume under contract is halted by litigation.

The Washington Post has awarded Tester "Four Pinocchios," its worst rating for telling a "whopper" - in this case two whoppers.

Click "Read Full Article" below to read more about how such lies are the false premise upon which even some "conservation" groups are basing their collaboration with industry to increase logging on federal public lands.


This article published on February 25, 2015 • [Permalink]

A New Year: Time for Intervention!

Our Winter 2015 newsletter outlines why we must intervene NOW to protect America’s wilderness and conservation legacy - and how you can help!

Montana Wilderness Association and Headwaters Montana are selling out wilderness quality lands in the northern Swan Range, an indicator of even larger problems in the conservation movement!

This newsletter describes how bedrock environmental laws based in social justice, anti-materialism and public challenges to government are being sidelined and replaced by social favoritism, giving consumers everything they want, and paying any price for access to government officials.

If you read only one newsletter in 2015, let it be this one! We need your help getting the conservation movement back on track!

Click here to view or download our Winter 2015 newsletter.

Here is the table of contents:

Please DONATE NOW to help us turn things around!

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

This article published on February 12, 2015 • [Permalink]

Happy New Year!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year from high atop the Swan Crest!

We greatly appreciate your support of our work protecting the Swan Range and the greater Flathead River Basin from development and human misconduct!

We are currently involved in both public education and lawsuits to help protect bull trout, fisher, lynx, wolverine, grizzly bear, elk, and more.

These are the wildlife and wild places that have made Montana and American public lands famous, yet these sanctuaries are still threatened!

There are two days left to make a year-end contribution securely online or by sending a check to 3165 Foothill Road, Kalispell, MT 59901! Your gift is tax-deductible!

We had a great 30th year in 2014 and will continue fighting to secure quiet, calm habitats for fish, wildlife and people in 2015 and beyond!

With your support the sky is the limit!


This article published on December 30, 2014 • [Permalink]

Happy Solstice and Holidays!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice and Holidays!

Whichever hemisphere you live in, today’s Solstice offers an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to the natural world.

We hope you’ll take ten minutes to watch this wonderful and empowering video.

“We are All One” shares an Indigenous Native American Prophecy that links all of life and the future of our planet.

We each hold the power to make a difference, in part by regarding “natural resources” as family rather than commodity.

We wish you the best this Solstice and Holiday Season!

This article published on December 21, 2014 • [Permalink]

Holiday Newsletter: Martin Litton, Failings of Compromise, Our Pledge to You!

The Holidays 2014 issue of Swan View’s News celebrates the life of Martin Litton, our 30th anniversary, and asks you to support our uncompromising defense of America’s wild lands!

Click here to view or download our Holidays 2014 newsletter.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Please DONATE NOW to support our work and help us raise the $20,000 needed to meet our year-end budget!

THANK YOU for your support!

This article published on December 12, 2014 • [Permalink]

Oppose Defense Bill’s Public Land Give-Aways Today!

Grassroots environmental groups from across the country have issued a letter to the U.S. Senate demanding the removal of damaging public land give-away “riders” attached to the must-pass Defense Authorization Bill!

The “rider” package has far too many give-aways of public lands and resources to merit support for its very meager designations of Wilderness.

Yes, the North Fork Flathead River and Rocky Mountain Front deserve protection from oil, gas and minerals mining - but not at the expense of removing protection from Wilderness Study Areas in eastern Montana near Otter Creek and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to benefit the coal, oil and gas industries!

Nor should these bills be packaged in the dead of night with provisions to give 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corporation for logging, nor granting National Forest land in Arizona to a foreign-owned mining company, among other horrible provisions!

Please take a quick minute TODAY to phone Senator Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and the Senators from your state (find phone numbers here).

Simply tell them you oppose the inclusion of public land provisions in the Defense Bill and want them removed!

Take action today before the Senate acts tomorrow!

Swan View Coalition is among the 47 organizations that signed the letter to the Senate, which you can read here.

Click here to read Montana Environmental Information Center’s assessment of the rider’s impact to eastern Montana.

Click here to read the Missoulian article about the late-night horse-trading by which Montana Senators Tester and Walsh, along with Representative Daines, made even more 11th-hour compromises to the already heavily compromised Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act - with no pubic hearings whatsoever.

Click here to read more details about the “Cost of Compromise” in the Missoula Independent!

Click here to read the 449-page Defense Bill public lands rider!

Make no mistake, these types of public land give-aways will become the norm by which big Wilderness groups get a little bit of Wilderness without telling you the true and unacceptable costs - unless you put a stop to it!

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

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