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.
The Holidays 2013 issue of Swan View’s News celebrates how simplifying and slowing down our lives can help save the planet!
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!
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!
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.”
And remember, you can Donate Now and have your support of our work doubled by Cinnabar Foundation through November!
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!
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!
Your comments are needed by Aug 1 to stop removal of Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears!
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!
THANK YOU for taking a few moments TODAY to keep grizzly bears around TOMORROW!
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 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.
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!