Act Today to Protect Wilderness in the Northern Swan Range!

Please send a quick email today to help secure Wilderness in the Northern Swan Range!

Email the Flathead Forest Plan Revision Team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Urge them to recommend Wilderness designation for all roadless lands in the Northern Swan Range in their new Forest Plan!

Thank you!

Visit our swanrange.org page for more information.

This article published on April 15, 2014 • [Permalink]


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]


Please Support Our Forest Plan!

Please take one minute, one click to support our proposal for Flathead Forest Plan revision - the “Citizen reVision!”

We’ve sent a proposal to the Flathead National Forest that would create a Forest Plan favoring the conservation of fish, wildlife, wild lands, and quiet recreation over the excessive logging and mechanized recreation that have put many species on the path to extinction.

Clicking here will set up your email message to the Flathead National Forest, its planning contractor Meridian Institute, and to us so we can add you to the list of folks supporting the Citizen reVision! Just add your name and any further comments to your email, then hit “send.”

Or simply email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll take care of things for you!

Our Citizen reVision would promote human health and address climate change by leaving more carbon-storing trees in the forest and by cutting back on the miles of roads and motorized vehicles wasting fossil fuels.

You can read or download a two-page summary of the Citizen reVision here.

You can read or download the entire Citizen reVision here.

Thank you for taking a moment to support fish, wildlife and quiet recreation on the Flathead National Forest!

This article published on March 27, 2014 • [Permalink]


Big Trees Storing Most Carbon!

“Many foresters have long assumed that trees gradually lose their vigour as they mature, but a new analysis suggests that the larger a tree gets, the more kilos of carbon it puts on each year.”

This new study reported in the journal Nature helps counter the Forest Service and industry argument that logging native and old forests will help sequester more carbon in the younger vegetation and help reduce global warming.

Even more work remains to be done, however, to convince the Forest Service and industry to leave dead trees in the forest to continue sequestering and recycling carbon. The Department of Agriculture recently awarded a $10 million grant to five universities and Northern Rockies research stations to figure out how to turn dead trees into biofuels. Read the Missoulian article here and our response to it here.

It is time to work with nature, not against it!

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


Peaceful Rewards this Holiday Season!

Be in good cheer this Holiday Season and pat yourself on the back while you are at it!

Montana just designated Lake Alva as “no wake,” returning a bit of peace and quiet to nesting loons and thoughtful paddlers!

Thanks to people like you, the Missoulian reports that 66% of public comments supported no wake or no motors for Lake Alva!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, and THANK YOU for your generous response to our calls to action!

This article published on December 22, 2013 • [Permalink]


Flathead Skews Forest Plan Revision Process!

The Flathead National Forest has front-loaded its Forest Plan Revision process to reduce wildlife security while increasing motorized access and logging, playing favorites of folks willing to go along with it!

After telling its newly convened Forest Planning collaborative to use its draft 2006 Plan revision as a starting point, the Flathead has now instead distributed a Modified 2006 revision to the collaborative.

The modifications most importantly would:

1. Abandon Forest Plan Amendment 19 and its securing of grizzly bear habitat through limits on roads and motorized vehicles.

2. Greatly expand the “suitable timber base” where commercial logging is scheduled, partly by logging in areas previously set aside as grizzly bear “security core” under Amendment 19.

3. Retain and expand already extensive snowmobile areas established by Forest Plan Amendment 24, while not proposing to reduce snowmobile areas to protect grizzly bear denning, wolverine and lynx.

To make matters worse, the Flathead is playing favorites to the Whitefish Range Partnership collaborative, which has already largely agreed with the Flathead’s modifications for the North Fork Flathead.

Click here or below to read our letter to local newspaper editors, which includes links to a couple news articles demonstrating the Flathead’s unacceptable favoritism and skewing of the Forest Planning process.

We’re working hard to insure your voice can be heard during the Flathead Forest Plan revision process and will advise you of specific points when your comments will be most useful.

Meanwhile you can track or join the revision process at the Flathead National Forest’s web site and at Meridian Institute, the contractor the Flathead has hired to attempt to sidestep certain requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (the Forest Service cannot ask for collective advice during meetings that it controls, so it hires a contractor to control the meetings).


This article published on December 17, 2013 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Simplify, Slow Down, Rejoice!

The Holidays 2013 issue of Swan View’s News celebrates how simplifying and slowing down our lives can help save the planet!

Click here to view or download our Holidays 2013 newsletter.

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!

This article published on December 06, 2013 • [Permalink]


Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

This article published on November 27, 2013 • [Permalink]


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