Swan View’s News

We issue our Newsletter 3-5 times per year and post a link to view or download it on this web page, along with occasional Action Alerts. Or, you can Subscribe to receive our Newsletter and occasional Action Alerts automatically.

This article published on July 15, 2011 • [Permalink]


Technology, Commerce and the Politics of Denial!

Our Winter-Spring 2017 newsletter announces two reports on the bike-bear death of Brad Treat, examines the role irresponsible commerce plays in the devaluation of the public good, reports on how public-private partnerships help privatize public lands, and urges people to resist the hype in order to re-create a sustainable relationship to the earth!

Please check out our newsletter and DONATE NOW to support our work!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents. Click here to view or download it as a pdf.

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

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

 

This article published on March 24, 2017 • [Permalink]


Stop the Takeover of National Forest Lands in the Swan Valley Now!

Your email is needed today to stop the takeover of National Forest lands in the Swan Valley by Lake County!

UPDATED February 6, 2017:

Jim Simpson of the Lake County Conservation District is trying to ignore the majority against him and listen only to those who own land in Lake County and support his effort to take over 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. He wants more public comment, so let's give it to him!

Please see the MT NPR artice at http://mtpr.org/post/silent-majority-state-management-federal-lands or the suggested email content below, then send an email to the Lake County Conservation District at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Even if you wrote in back in December, please do so again! Here's suggested content for your email:

Dear Mr. Simpson and Lake County Conservation District Board;

As an American taxpayer, I am co-owner of the Flathead National Forest - 60,000 acres of which you want to seize control of, log and rob the profits from! I am adamantly opposed to your idea!

You’ve already received 149 comments that, according to National Public Radio and in your own words “quite honestly right now are heavily opponent comments, opposed to the concept.” You’ve already wasted $40,000 in public funds pushing your idea, funds that could have been put to good use funding Lake County conservation projects instead.

Now you say you still want to find the “silent majority” in favor of your proposal. Well, you can’t arrive at a silent majority by dismissing the comments of everyone that disagrees with you or doesn’t live in Lake County, Montana.

As an American taxpayer, I co-own the NATIONAL Forest lands in Lake County and I’m telling you to kindly get your hands off of them! They do not belong to Lake County, nor do you have the right to seize control of them and the profits you’d like to reap by logging them without regard for federal environmental protections.

Please consider me among the majority OPPOSED to your proposal, which includes a couple of our own board members!

Sincerely,

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December alert and background, below:

The Lake County Conservation District wants to take over management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest in the Swan Valley so it can log them. Lake County wants to try and make more money logging than it already gets in payments from the Forest Service to Lake County.

Thankfully, not all members of the Lake County Conservation District agree. LCCD Supervisors Curt Rosman, Susan Gardner and Toni Burton recently wrote "Enough time and money have been spent on this dead end proposal. It is time to let it die and concentrate on our current responsibilities." Read their full dissent here.

Please send a quick email today to the LCCD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Tell them you agree with Rosman, Garner and Burton that this idea should be dealt a quick death. Tell them these are federal lands belonging to all Americans, not lands at the disposal of Lake County.

Please send that same message to the Lake County Commissioners at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) !

And, if you really want to drive the message home, attend the LCCD's meeting at the Swan Lake Community Center in Swan Lake at 6:30pm, December 7th!

According to Lake County "Your feedback will help the LCCD decide if the study should be terminated or if LCCD should ask Montana's Congressional delegation to create legislation establishing a [State run] Conservation Forest in the Swan Valley on federal forest lands [to benefit Lake County].

For more information on this really bad idea, visit http://swanforestinitiative.org .

Thank you for taking a few crucial moments to put an end to this really bad idea and precedent!

 

This article published on February 06, 2017 • [Permalink]


Happy New Year and Last Call 2016!

Cottonwood Bottom, Krause Basin, Swan Range, 12/28/16

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and issues a last call for 2016 support!

Thank You to those of you that have supported our work in the past and those who would like to do so in the closing few days of 2016!

Please DONATE NOW to help us secure quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people! In 2016 we:

-Helped coordinate overwhelming public support for more wilderness and more watershed restoration in the Flathead Forest Plan!

-Worked with a Swan Valley collaborative to decommission 26 miles of damaging logging roads in Jim and Cold Creeks!

-Filed a lawsuit to decommission more roads to meet Forest Plan standards and get Jim Creek off the list of "impaired watersheds!"

-Filed notice for a similar lawsuit in Coal Creek, another "impaired" critical bull trout watershed, where the Flathead left culverts to blow out in a long-abandoned logging road!

Our work is funded primarily by people like you, not big foundations!

Won't you please join others in supporting our work and help us prepare for the challenges of 2017?

Thank you and Happy New Year!

 

This article published on December 29, 2016 • [Permalink]


Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!

May you find yourself in the company of good friends, good shelter and good food!

Thank you for your support of our work in 2016!

Keith Hammer

 

This article published on December 21, 2016 • [Permalink]


Help Stop Deaths by Mountain Bike Today!

Please tell the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to not approve high-speed mountain bike trails in the area where one of its employees was killed in July when he literally ran into a grizzly bear while "riding his mountain bike at high speed!"

As stupid as it may sound, the Flathead proposes to add 12 miles of user-created bike trails, like the one it photographed above left, to its trail system in the Desert Mountain and Lion Hill areas near Hungry Horse and West Glacier.

One of these "informal" trails was in fact closed temorarily while authorities looked for the bear that killed Brad Treat, a Flathead NF law enforcement officer that ran into the bear with his bike. Things were looking equally grim for the bear, as pictured in the Chris Peterson/Hungry Horse News photo in the Daily Inter Lake (above right), though the bear was not found.

Local mountain bike advocates are now clambering to have these user-created trails sanctified by the Forest Service, as they have for non-permitted trails on other federal, State and private lands in the area, claiming no conflicts with wildlife exist!

Please take a moment to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to help save the lives of bears, mountain lions and people! Tell the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address):

-To not authorize high-speed bike trails in the habitats of bears and mountain lions, as recommended by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee!

-To not reward reckless trail building that endangers other trail users, horses and wildlife!

-To honor the memory of Brad Treat with a public safety program, rather than promote reckless and potentially fatal behavior!

Click here to locate maps and more info about the Hungry Lion Project (a timber sale, road and trail management project).

Comments are due by December 21!

This is not a drill, it is not April Fools, it's a really stupid idea!

Thank you for taking a few moments to speak up for the wellbeing of wildlife and people!

 

 

 

 

This article published on December 19, 2016 • [Permalink]


Please Support Our Work With a Year-End Donation!

Please DONATE NOW to help us secure quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people! In 2016 we:

-Helped coordinate overwhelming public support for more wilderness and more watershed restoration in the Flathead Forest Plan!

-Worked with a Swan Valley collaborative to decommission 26 miles of damaging logging roads in Jim and Cold Creeks!

-Filed a lawsuit to decommission more roads to meet Forest Plan standards and get Jim Creek off the list of "impaired watersheds!"

-Filed notice for a similar lawsuit in Coal Creek, another "impaired" critical bull trout watershed, where the Flathead left culverts to blow out in a long-abandoned logging road!

Our work is funded primarily by people like you, not big foundations!

Won't you please join others in supporting our work and help us prepare for the challenges of 2017?

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

 

This article published on December 18, 2016 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Renewing Spirit and Dedication!

Our Holiday Newsletter renews our pledge to fight for public wildlands and restoration, reports on the growing national support for it, and notes the pitfalls of local collaboration!

Please check out our newsletter and DONATE NOW to support our work!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents. Click here to view or download it as a pdf.

We hope you are encouraged by the good news and will join others in supporting our work!

THANK YOU, Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

 

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


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