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.
“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!
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!
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).
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!