Welcome to the Swan View Coalition
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.
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February 13, 2019
Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan have filed a 60-day notice that they will file suit over the Flathead Forest Plan's abandonment of key protections for threatened grizzly bear and bull trout!
February 12, 2019
Dr. David Mattson questions government claims of grizzly bear recovery in this hour-long video and presents an alternative vision of robust recovery for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
December 30, 2018
President Trump and the Flathead National Forest issued orders over the Holidays that will greatly increase the logging of public lands in the New Year!
December 20, 2018
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year!
December 03, 2018
Our Holiday 2018 newsletter reports on a temporary legal victory for grizzly bears, but how agencies remain committed to removing their ESA protections in the greater Yellowstone and Glacier ecosystems!
September 25, 2018
The Court's restoration of ESA protection to the Yellowstone grizzly bears does not stop the planned removal of those protections in the Glacier/NCDE area!
September 21, 2018
Please tell the State of Montana you want far more than 800 grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem so it can reconnect with Yellowstone and other isolated ecosystems!
September 06, 2018
Our Summer-Fall newsletter reports on how federal and state agencies are in lockstep to delist the NCDE grizzly bear and reduce its habitat protections in Forest Plans!
August 26, 2018
Please take 5 minutes to urge the Flathead Forest Supervisor to select the Forest Plan option that removes motor vehicles from Krause Basin!
July 18, 2018
Your comments are needed today to secure wildlife habitat on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir!
March 15, 2018
Our Winter-Spring newsletter reports on how Objections to the Flathead Forest Plan show who's fighting for fish and wildlife and who's selling them out to make it appear consensus has been reached on forest management!
February 13, 2018
Conservation groups wanting better protection for fish and wildlife in the Northern Rockies filed Objections to the revised Flathead Forest Plan and Amendments to four other Forest Plans in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.
January 23, 2018
UPDATE: Swan View Coalition testified on behalf of 15 other groups and organizations at a July 7 Grizzly Bear Habitat Workshop in Missoula, MT, and submitted more comments in January 2018.
January 14, 2018
If you commented in 2015 or 2016 on the draft Flathead Forest Plan in favor of more Wilderness and a non-motorized Krause Basin, you have until February 12 to express your disappointment with the final Forest Plan and ask for changes!
December 27, 2017
The Flathead National Forest dumped 3,000 pages of documents on the public over the holidays and Fish and Wildlife piled more on - all intended to strip Endangered Species Act protections from Glacier- and Yellowstone-area grizzly bears!
December 19, 2017
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
December 12, 2017
Swan View Coalition has issued its critical review of the Biological Assessment of the final revised Flathead Forest Plan, along with Friends of the Wild Swan.
December 06, 2017
Keith Hammer has issued three Supplements to his "Roads to Ruin" and "TMRD" reports, providing documents showing logging roads must have their stream-bearing culverts removed, then the roads must be removed from the Flathead Forest Road System and revegetated before they can be omitted from calculations of Total Motorized Route Density.
November 21, 2017
Our Holiday Newsletter looks at recognizing and protecting nature's gifts, rather than simply imposing our will on the world!
November 17, 2017
Swan View Coalition, Friends of the Wild Swan and WildEarth Guardians put the Flathead National Forest on notice they will file suit over logging road impacts to bull trout.
October 03, 2017
Our Fall 2017 newsletter uses illustrations and science to debunk the "logging prevents wildfire" myth, describing how we can protect our homes while letting fire play its essential role in forest ecosystems!
August 10, 2017
Your quick email is needed today to keep Flathead hiking trails from being turned into freeways for mountain bikes!
July 05, 2017
Our Summer 2017 newsletter takes a quick look at delay in release of the Revised Flathead Forest Plan and two Swan Valley timber sales, in light of persistent efforts by the Flathead to weaken protections for threatened bull trout and grizzly bear, noting local communities are getting fed up with the roads, weeds and ATVs that follow logging!
May 03, 2017
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate! Urge your Senators and Representatives to support NREPA today!
April 24, 2017
Your quick email is needed TODAY to stop logging and the building of another 45 miles of roads and trails in threatened wildlife habitat near Whitefish, MT!
March 24, 2017
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!
February 06, 2017
Your email is needed today to stop the takeover of National Forest lands in the Swan Valley by Lake County!
December 29, 2016
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and issues a last call for 2016 support!
December 21, 2016
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
December 19, 2016
Please tell the Flathead National Forest 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!"
December 18, 2016
Please DONATE NOW to help us secure quiet habitats for fish, wildlife and people!
December 06, 2016
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!
October 30, 2016
Thanks to your comments and grassroots networking, support is growing for our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan! See our Fall 2016 newsletter!
September 28, 2016
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 of roadless lands!
September 20, 2016
Your short emails and letters are needed NOW to protect wildlands and wildlife habitat in the revised Flathead Forest Plan!
September 07, 2016
Here are links to SVC's comments on the Draft Revised Flathead Forest Plan, proposed grizzly bear amendments to four other NCDE Forest Plans, and their Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEISs).
August 16, 2016
Want to protect all wildlands and restore damaged habitats on the Flathead National Forest? We make it simple in our Summer 2016 newsletter!
June 16, 2016
The Forest Service is holding open houses in Kalispell and Missoula, June 20 and 22, to unveil its Draft EISs for a revised Flathead Forest Plan and revised grizzly bear management on four other Forests. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a hearing in Missoula July 7 to take public comment on grizzly bear de-listing in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem that includes those five Forests!
May 23, 2016
Our Winter-Spring 2016 newsletter releases our new report "Roads to Ruin," describes how our investigations have already helped secure more road decommissioning for bull trout in the Swan Valley, and describes how the report will help us all wrestle with the revised Flathead Forest Plan and Grizzly Bear De-Listing DEISs due out May 27!
February 03, 2016
Your 5-minute letter is needed by February 11 to stop logging damage to a recovering burned area near the Great Bear Wilderness!
December 30, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year and says Thank You for your support of our work in 2015!
December 23, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Winter and Happy Holidays!
December 11, 2015
We need your help TODAY to stop Congress from attaching damaging logging riders to the must-pass spending bill!
December 04, 2015
Our Holidays 2015 newsletter celebrates spirited grass-roots conservation, faith, passion, and the support of our members!
November 24, 2015
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2015
This is the last call to have your donation matched by Cinnabar Foundation!
November 05, 2015
Only a few weeks left to have your support of our work doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!
October 28, 2015
Though burning wood to produce electricity releases more carbon into the atmosphere than burning coal, the European Union says it releases no carbon at all - a bald-face trick of accounting that may be followed by the U.S.'s EPA!
October 23, 2015
Researcher Diana Six faults logging as a misguided substitute for forest thinning by beetles!
October 11, 2015
Facts are getting in the way of attempts to blame fires on a lack of logging and to blame a lack of logging on environmental lawsuits!
September 20, 2015
Our Summer-Fall 2015 newsletter looks at the politics of logging and wildfires, and tracks the millions of dollars the Forest Service is paying its collaborative "partners!"
June 02, 2015
A celebration of Bruce May's life will be held Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Whitefish Community Center, 121 Second Street, Whitefish, MT, from 3-6 pm!
April 30, 2015
Wilderness slide show by author Frederick Swanson May 13, 7-9 pm, at the Swan River Community Hall!
April 17, 2015
Our Spring 2015 newsletter provides a bit of background and 7 points we'd like you to consider making in your comments on the Proposed Flathead Forest Plan by May 15!
March 12, 2015
Please take a moment NOW and write an email objection to the Flathead National Forest, which wants to institutionalize and highlight ORV use of the wildlife-rich Krause Basin in its new draft Forest Plan!
February 25, 2015
The Washington Post has found Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) lied not once, but twice recently, greatly exaggerating how much federal logging in Montana is being held up by environmentalist lawsuits!
February 12, 2015
Our Winter 2015 newsletter outlines why we must intervene NOW to protect America's wilderness and conservation legacy - and how you can help!
December 30, 2014
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year from high atop the Swan Crest!
December 21, 2014
Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice and Happy Holidays!
December 12, 2014
The Holidays 2014 issue of Swan View's News celebrates the life of Martin Litton, our 30th anniversary, and asks you to support our uncompromising defense of America's wildlands!
December 08, 2014
Grassroots environmental groups from across the country have issued a letter to the U.S. Senate demanding the removal of damaging public land give-away "riders" attached to the Defense Authorization Bill!
November 27, 2014
We are blessed with a beautiful Swan Range that is home to rare fish and wildlife. Thank you for your help protecting them!
November 23, 2014
Your short email TODAY can help restore threatened bull trout via a better Recovery Plan!
November 09, 2014
Your quick email is needed TODAY to avert a snowmobile disaster being planned for Jewel Basin and the northern Swan Range!
November 08, 2014
Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting will be held November 16th!
October 13, 2014
Our Fall 2014 edition of Swan View's News describes our recent accomplishments and continuing challenges in protecting wildlife, wilderness and people!
October 05, 2014
Your email message is needed today to keep F.H. Stoltze and DNRC from logging the Broken Leg and Crater Notch Trails that access the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
September 03, 2014
UPDATE: Brandborg video and partial transcript now available!
August 24, 2014
Our recent hike along the Swan Crest commemorates Swan View Coalition's 30th anniversary and asks for your short email supporting Wilderness designation for the area!
July 25, 2014
Your email to the Flathead National Forest will help stop more of these logging road landslides from trashing fish and wildlife habitat!
July 20, 2014
Swan View Coalition and its president, Keith Hammer, were recently featured in the Flathead Beacon!
July 11, 2014
Our Summer 2014 edition of Swan View's News describes how new Forest and Travel planning rules dovetail with the Wilderness Act of 1964!
June 30, 2014
The Hungry Horse News has reported on our contention that areas to be logged on the Flathead National Forest should not be nearly doubled in trade for a bit of recommended wilderness!
June 24, 2014
Tell the Flathead Forest Supervisor you don't support the Whitefish Range Partnership Agreement's proposal to increase logging at the expense of threatened grizzly bear and lynx!
May 30, 2014
Swan View Coalition testified before a Federal Advisory Committee on May 29, 2014, detailing how "collaboration" on the Flathead National Forest is being used to marginalize the best available science and those who use it to protect fish and wildlife.
May 13, 2014
Our Winter-Spring 2014 edition of Swan View's News announces our 30th anniversary, the Wilderness Act's 50th, and invites you to join our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan! It also describes how corruption at the Udall Foundation, a federal agency charged with managing collaboration and conflict resolution, has helped poison the Flathead Forest Plan "collaboration."
April 15, 2014
Please send a quick email today to help secure Wilderness in the Northern Swan Range!
March 27, 2014
Please take one minute, one click to support our proposal for Flathead Forest Plan revision - the Citizen reVision!
January 21, 2014
"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."
December 22, 2013
Montana just designated Lake Alva as "no wake," returning a bit of peace and quiet to nesting loons and quiet paddlers!
December 17, 2013
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!
December 06, 2013
The Holidays 2013 issue of Swan View's News celebrates how simplifying and slowing down our lives can help save the planet!
November 27, 2013
Swan View Coalition wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 06, 2013
You can help prevent the logging of ecologically important burned forests on Condon Mountain today! The woodpeckers are leading the way of renewed life in trees both live and dead!
October 30, 2013
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!
July 30, 2013
Your comments are needed by Aug 1 to help stop removal of Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears!
July 10, 2013
Please send a short email by August 1 to FWS insisting that full Endangered Species Act protection for grizzly bears not be replaced by a lame "conservation strategy!" Click here to read our assessment of the Conservation Strategy in our Summer 2013 newsletter!
May 16, 2013
Please support Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks' "no-wake" proposal for Lake Alva!
May 02, 2013
You can help support protection of wolverine under the Endangered Species Act in just 5 minutes, by May 6! Just follow these easy links to let U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know how you feel!
March 19, 2013
Our Winter-Spring 2013 edition of Swan View's News tells why wolverine are threatened by climate warming and what you can do to help!
January 30, 2013
The study finds that, on average, counties with national parks, wilderness, and other forms of protected public lands benefit with increased economic performance.
January 07, 2013
A Montana District Court has issued an order effectively ending this winter's wolverine trapping season, in anticipation of the imperiled wolverine being listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
December 14, 2012
Flathead National Forest has withdrawn its Griffin Creek logging project in the face of appeals filed by Swan View Coalition and others.
December 04, 2012
Flathead National Forest has cancelled its plans to kill up to 270 of its best and biggest larch trees just to collect the seed!
November 30, 2012
Montana District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock has issued a temporary restraining order stopping Montana's wolverine trapping season!
November 30, 2012
Our Holidays 2012 edition of Swan View's News looks at our accomplishments and the path ahead - as the Flathead National Forest prepares to revise its Forest Plan!
November 19, 2012
Swan View Coalition extends a big THANK YOU to all who have supported our conservation work!
November 16, 2012
You can help support Whitefish Legacy Partners trails for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers today!
October 30, 2012
Please email Ranger Kehr today to thank him and make sure he removes all unneeded bike ramps from the Beardance and Crane Creek trails!
October 12, 2012
The Summer-Fall 2012 issue of Swan View's News examines how we are navigating collaboration, bullying and vandalism on the Flathead National Forest!