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Here’s the list of .kml files:
Click here for our Flathead National Forest Wildlands Recovery Areas.kml
Click here for just our Northern Swan Wildlands Recovery Area.kml (The Northern Swan kml is already included in the above Flathead National Forest-wide kml).
Click here for Quintonkin - Sullivan Example.kml (referenced on page 8 of our Wildlands Recovery Plan for the Northern Swan Range).
Click here for our Roadless Areas Omitted from Flathead NF IRAs.kml. This map layer should be viewed in conjunction with the Inventoried Roadless Areas kmz/kml file available on the Flathead National Forest’s Geospatial Data Page.
Click here for the place marks that are companion to our comments on Flathead National Forest’s draft Wilderness Suitability Inventory.
Click here for our Sullivan Wildfire example of how wildfire renders logging units no longer “substantially noticeable” when identifying lands suitable for Wilderness designation.
1. Bicycling is a great way for people to enjoy the outdoors and get healthy exercise.
2. Flathead National Forest has over 3,500 miles of road open to bicycling, with nearly 2,000 of those miles closed to motor vehicles but open to biking without the hassle of dust and traffic.
3. Bikers, hikers and horseback riders share many miles of "leave no trace" trail on the Flathead. This should not be a problem unless bikers insist on high speeds and/or leave behind unlawful jumps and ramps that are unsightly and increase risks to all trail users.
4. The pursuit of free-ride and other mountain bike speed sports should not occur on multiple use trails due to the potential for conflicts between bikers, other trail users, and wildlife. Big Mountain already has facilities for free-ride and high-speed mountain biking - and plans for more. We urge Flathead National Forest to redirect these activities there.
5. We encourage lower impact hiking instead of mountain biking in Inventoried Roadless Areas because they qualify for future designation as Wilderness (which does not allow biking) and provide some of the Forest's best and most secure wildlife habitat.
6. Bicycling can and should provide a healthy and safe link between our urban areas and public lands if everyone minds their manners, obeys the law, and all agencies pursue meaningful public planning.
Comments submitted by Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan lay out the scientific basis for restoring fish and wildlife habitat in the Swan Valley by removing roads, not trees.
Elk travel time [displacement] was highest during ATV exposure, followed by exposure to mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
A comprehensive approach for managing human activities to meet elk objectives should include careful management of off-road recreational activities, particularly ATV riding and mountain biking, which caused the largest reductions in feeding time and increases in travel time.
Steve Bennett photo.
By Keith Hammer
A short history of the American Indians whose names still grace the lakes and mountains of the Swan Range. Weighing in at a sleek one-ounce and measuring 5.5” x 8.5”, a perfect fit for your backpack!