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]


Act Now to Protect Wildlands and Wildlife in the Flathead Forest Plan!

Want to protect all wildlands and restore damaged habitats on the Flathead National Forest? We make it simple in our Summer 2016 newsletter!

The Flathead National Forest is considering an alternative for its revised Forest Plan that would recommend Wilderness designation for almost all roadless lands, immediately protect those lands from motorized vehicles and mountain bikes, and lower the timber sale program to save taxpayers $2.2 million each year!

Your comments are needed by October 3 to see that Alternative C is refined and combined with essential parts of the current Forest Plan to insure damaged fish and wildlife habitats are restored!

Please ACT TODAY and we'll issue further alerts before October 3 to help you refine additional messages to the Flathead!

Our Summer 2016 newsletter provides you a quick summary of the Flathead's Draft Environmental Impact Statement and provides links to important maps.

It also includes a sample letter that you can print and mail or cut and paste into the Flathead's comment page - and all the better if you personalize it with remarks about your favorite parts of the Forest!

Below is our newsletter's table of comments and you can click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter, follow the few easy steps to make your voice heard, and will join others in supporting our work (make a donation today and Cinnabar Foundation will double it)!

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

 

 

This article published on August 16, 2016 • [Permalink]


Swan View Testifies at Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop - You Can Help!

Swan View Coalition testified on behalf of 15 other groups and organizations at a July 7 Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop in Missoula, MT.

Please email your support for grizzlies to Fish and Wildlife Service (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by July 22.

All you need to say is that you want grizzly bear recovery based on the promised security of grizzly bear habitat and key bear foods - and that you want FWS to abandon its current plan to instead reduce grizzly bear security in the face of growing human populations and impacts.

Remember, while the grizzly bear population in the entire Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem was estimated to be 765 bears in 2004 and has hopefully increased by a couple hundred bears since then, the human population of Flathead County alone grew by 1,800 people in 2014 and is estimated to reach 100,000 by 2018

Click here to read Swan View's testimony or to help fine-tune your email to FWS.

Click here to watch NBC's coverage of the workshop.

Click here to read the Missoulian newspaper article about the workshop.

Click here to watch KPAX coverage of the workshop.

Click here (then scroll down) to view a list of links to the 26 documents attached to Swan View Coalition's testimony.

 


This article published on July 06, 2016 • [Permalink]


Please Attend Flathead Forest Plan and Grizzly Bear Meetings!

It's time to reaffirm wildlife protection, not abandon it!

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 grizzly bear management amendments 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 these five Forests!

While you have until October 3 to comment on how five National Forests, including the Flathead, propose to manage the NCDE grizzly bear, NOW is the time to start learning about it.

At either the Kalispell or Missoula open houses you'll be able to look at maps much larger than you'll find on-line and ask questions of Forest Service staff. Both are from 2 - 6 pm and don't involve formal presentations, so you can attend as long or little as you wish. The Kalispell open house is at the Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way. The Missoula open house is at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve Street.

You can read two pages about the various documents and open houses here and can download the planning documents here

We want to keep Flathead Forest Plan Amendment 19 from Alternative A to retain the best management of roads to protect grizzly bears, bull trout and other fish and wildlife. But we want the much larger areas of recommended wilderness that are included in Alternative C, which was written in part to reflect our Citizen reVision alternative and would finally ban motorized vehicles from the old trail network in the Krause Basin Wildlife Management Area pictured above!

We'll have more specific recommendations for your comments later in the summer. But make no mistake about it, Alternatives B, C and D as currently proposed would greatly reduce the broad protection of grizzly bear habitat from what is in the current Forest Plan, pave the way for their de-listing from the federal Endangered Species Act and result in sport killing of them under Montana State hunting management!

To help right away, you can SIGN UP NOW for a ten-minute slot to speak out July 7 in Missoula against this weakening of grizzly bear management and against plans to de-list them! Swan View Coalition will be speaking first-up at the FWS hearing, which runs from 1 - 4 and from 6 - 8 pm at the Double Tree Hotel, 100 Madison Street. Simply .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to schedule a time slot to speak. You can also submit written comments to FWS by July 22 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or to Grizzly Bear Recovery Office, USFWS, University Hall, Room 309, Missoula, MT  59812.

You can learn more about the July 7 hearing here and you can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want suggestions for what to say or write to FWS.

Don't be intimidated by all this - we are here to help you navigate the bureaucracy and do good things for fish and wildlife! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

 

 

 

This article published on June 16, 2016 • [Permalink]


The Problem is Too Many Roads, Not Too Many Trees!

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!

Our "Roads to Ruin" report also describes how "collaborative" groups are being misused to promote the notion that the biggest problem in our public forests is too many trees, when research clearly shows the biggest problem is too many logging roads!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents and you can click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and our new report - and will join others in supporting our work!

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

 

This article published on May 23, 2016 • [Permalink]


Your Letter Needed to Stop Logging Damage in Recovering Burned Area!

Vegetation began re-sprouting before the smoke cleared in 2015!

Your 5-minute letter is needed by February 11 to stop logging damage to a recovering burned area near the Great Bear Wilderness!

Hundreds of scientists are in agreement that burned trees are essential to ecosystem resiliency and that logging does more harm than good to areas burned by forest fires.

But the Flathead National Forest wants to log in them anyway and we need your help to see that they don't! Please take 5 minutes to copy and paste from the letter below (or create your own) and send an email to: 
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Include "Trail Creek Fire Salvage Project in the subject line!

OR 

Download here as a pdf, print, sign, and post the sample letter to Matt Shaffer, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT  59901.

 

The Trail Creek Fire Salvage Project can be viewed and downloaded here.

 

Here's the sample letter:

Matt Shaffer - Project Leader
Flathead National Forest
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT  59901

Re:      Comments on proposed Trail Creek Fire Salvage Project

Dear Mr. Shaffer;

From the perspective of fish, wildlife, soils, and water quality, your proposal to remove some 1,400 log truck loads of trees from the remote Trail Creek Fire area near the Great Bear Wilderness should be called “Post-Fire Theft” rather than “Fire Salvage.” Trees in burned areas are absolutely essential to wildlife and ecosystem resilience. They are not in need of “salvage.” As 264 scientists told Congress in a letter last September:

". . . numerous scientific studies tell us that even in the patches where forest fires burn most intensely, the resulting wildlife habitats are among the most ecologically diverse on western forestlands and are essential to support the full richness of forest biodiversity . . . This post-fire renewal, known as 'snag forest' is quite simply some of the best wildlife habitat in forests, and is an essential state of natural processes . . . post-fire logging does far more harm than good to public forests."

(DellaSala et al., September 2015, Open Letter to U.S. Senators and President Obama from Scientists Concerned about Post-Fire Logging and Clearcutting on National Forests)

You should focus instead on problems being caused by your logging roads and the noxious weeds along them. You’ve already been awarded Burned Area Emergency Restoration (BAER) money to spray 88 acres of weeds along existing roads, so you don’t need to sell logs to pay for it. The last thing you should do is put logging and road building machinery in there, spreading those existing weeds across the landscape!

Because you did the right thing in the late 1990s and decommissioned 20 miles of roads in the area to protect grizzly bear security and fisheries by removing their culverts, you only have a few culverts causing problems for fish and water quality on the remaining roads. But you now propose to rebuild 7 miles of those previously decommissioned and re-vegetated roads so you can log in Grizzly Bear Security Core and then have to deconstruct these roads again to re-secure bear and fish habitat! This is an unacceptable disruption of Security Core, a senseless waste of taxpayer dollars, and would cause repetitive reconstruction/deconstruction releases of sediment from roads that were previously “waterproofed” and simply need to be left alone.

That leaves the planting of elk forage and trees as the only “restoration” work you say you need money for. Yet your BAER reports, your proposal and news articles say that vegetation began sprouting immediately after the fire. All you really need to do is keep logging and road rebuilding machinery off this area so that natural regeneration doesn’t get trampled and can continue to green up as it has following fires for millennia!

You have already sold three roadside fire-related timber sales in the area since the 2015 fires and you reworked the pre-fire Cedar Chipmunk Timber Sale so it is now logging fire-killed trees - all with no public involvement. Now you want to rule out formal public Objections to your Trail Creek Fire Salvage Project by seeking an “Emergency Situation Determination.” Don’t do it! Moreover, you already have numerous “green” timber sales units authorized near the Trail Creek Fire area.

Don’t waste your time and taxpayer money writing an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement that tries to rationalize the need to violate Forest Plan Grizzly Bear Security Core standards for several years with the Trail Creek post-fire logging proposal. Instead, remove or clean the several culverts you are having trouble with, leave the culvert-less decommissioned roads alone, and let the area continue recovering as nature intended.

Sincerely,

 

Name:

Address:

 

 

 

This article published on February 03, 2016 • [Permalink]


Happy New Year and Thank You!

 

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and says Thank You for your support of our work in 2015!

May 2016 bring you good luck, good cheer, good friends, and lots of time in the great outdoors!

And may the only hangover you experience be snow-laden trees like these in the Swan Range's wildlife-rich Krause Basin!

 

 

This article published on December 30, 2015 • [Permalink]


Happy Winter and Happy Holidays!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Winter and Holidays!

Winter Solstice just ushered in two feet of new snow in the Swan Range, so it's not too late to celebrate Soltice!

May this Winter and the Holidays bring you much love and good cheer, time with family and friends, and replenishment of the spirit in all of us!

 

This article published on December 23, 2015 • [Permalink]


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