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]


Support Swells for Citizen reVision of Flathead Forest Plan!

Thanks to your comments and grassroots networking, support is growing for our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan!

As our Fall 2016 newsletter reports, the Flathead National Forest has received some 35,000 comments supporting the protection of all roadless lands as wilderness and continued wildland recovery via road decommissioning in its revised Forest Plan!

We hope to have more specifics in our Holiday newsletter, but know for now that our Citizen reVision has also been endorsed by 39 Tribal Nations acting together as GOAL: Tribal Coalition to Protect the Grizzly, that our annual meeting is November 13, and that this is your last chance this year to have your donation to Swan View doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!

Below is our newsletter's table of contents and you can 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!

 

This article published on October 30, 2016 • [Permalink]


Last Day to Speak up for Wildlife and Wilderness!

Let the Flathead National Forest know TODAY that you support Alternative C's new wilderness recommendations and prohibiting mechanized vehicles in those 507,000 acres/all roadless lands!

The Flathead finds "this alternative would provide the highest habitat security and connectivity for species that may be sensitive to higher levels of human disturbance." (DEIS Vol. 1, p. 27)

But be sure to add that you want the reclamation of grizzly bear habitat security in roaded lands, as promised in the current Forest Plan's Amendment 19, carried forward in Alt. C!

The Flathead NF map above shows in light green Alt. C's recommended wilderness providing habitat connectivity the full length of the Swan Range and improvements thoughout the Whitefish Range, among other areas.

In asking the Flathead to adopt and improve Alt. C, know that you will be expanding wildlife habitat security and connectivity greatly, while also conserving quiet, non-mechanized recreation.

As mentioned in our last alert, BEWARE the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement you may be asked to support. It asks for little wilderness and would increase logging in grizzly bear and lynx habitat through a combination of de-listing and relaxed management standards! (WRPA pdf page 28).

Simply enter your comment here. If you have any trouble with that web page form, simply email your comment to Planning Officer Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can also submit our form letter if you wish, or chose the parts of it you like best. A mailing address is included in the form letter if you wish to mail in a hard copy.

Click here for more information and links to the Forest Plan documents.

Comments are due TODAY, October 3!

 

This article published on September 28, 2016 • [Permalink]


Your Forest Plan Comments Needed Now!

Your short emails and letters are needed NOW to protect wildlands and wildlife habitat in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!

Anti-wilderness letters are flooding in and, BEWARE, the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement you may be asked to support asks for little Wilderness and increased logging in grizzly bear habitat via de-listing from the Endangered Species Act. It would also "challenge existing lynx management strategies" to increase logging in threatened lynx habitat! (WRPA pdf page 28)

You can counter these bad ideas with one simple sentence:

"I support Alternative C's recommendation of all roadless areas as Wilderness and ask that the current Forest Plan's Amendment 19 be included to finish securing the grizzly bear habitat it promised."

Simply enter your comment here. If you have any trouble with that web page form, simply email your comment to Planning Officer Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can also submit our form letter if you wish, or chose the parts of it you like best. A mailing address is included in the form letter if you wish to mail in a hard copy.

Click here for more information and links to the Forest Plan documents.

Comments are due by October 3, but do it NOW!

Please also Donate Now to support our work and Cinnabar Foundation will double the first $2,000 in donations with a matching grant!

Your support is greatly appreciated and we think the bears and lynx will appreciate it too!

 

This article published on September 20, 2016 • [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!

If you have trouble with the Flathead's comment page, simply send an email to Joe Krueger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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]


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