KML Files for Use with Google Earth

This page lists a number of .kml files for use with Google Earth.

They are compressed into .zip files so your browser will automatically download them to your computer.

They may download in a flash and your browser may display a blank page to indicate it has happened.

If your computer does not automatically decompress the .zip file to a .kml file, you may need to use Stuffit Expander or a similar decompression application on it.

Once you locate the .kml file on your computer, double-clicking on it should automatically start up Google Earth and display the .kml map overlay - be it a point, line or polygon/area, with the file placed and selected in your Temporary Places folder.

If you don’t have Google Earth installed on your computer, it is free here.

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.

This article published on February 06, 2014 • [Permalink]

SVC’s Position on Flathead National Forest Mountain Biking


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.

Download these principles as a pdf.


This article published on June 18, 2012 • [Permalink]

Watersheds Suffer From Too Many Roads, Not Too Many Trees!

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.

Read or download their letter and bibliography here.

This article published on May 01, 2012 • [Permalink]

Behavioral Responses of North American Elk to Recreational Activity

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.

Read the full research paper.

Steve Bennett photo.

This article published on August 06, 2011 • [Permalink]

The Lineage of Chief Aeneas: A History of People and Place

By Keith Hammer

May 2005

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!



This article published on May 13, 2005 • [Permalink]

Case Closed

Public Motorized Trespass and Administrative Activity on Closed Roads in the Upper Swan, Lower Swan, and Noisy Face Geographic Units


This article published on December 15, 2004 • [Permalink]

Watersheds at Risk

Roads Threaten Bull Trout on the Bitterroot, Flathead and Lolo National Forests


This article published on May 05, 2004 • [Permalink]

Off the Charts

Roads Outnumber Streams in Developed Flathead Watersheds.


This article published on April 25, 2003 • [Permalink]

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