Newsletter: Revised Flathead Plan Ushers in Lawlessness!

Our Winter-Spring 2019 newsletter reports on how the revised Flathead Forest Plan is ushering in lawlessness - and why we are suing over it!

It also reports on how collaboration and public-private partnerships are over-promoting recreational developments and activities of great risk to people and wildlife, using the southern Whitefish Range as just one example!

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

A big THANK YOU to those who have made donations that support our continuing work!

Won't you join them and DONATE NOW?

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

 

This article published on May 30, 2019 • [Permalink]


Practice the Swan Crest Crawl and Mindful Recreation!

You are cordially invited to participate in the Swan Crest Crawl, a mindful practice to see how long you can take to hike 70 miles (the length of the Swan Crest from Inspiration Point near the Bob Marshall Wilderness to Columbia Mountain).

You can hike, walk or crawl the 70 miles wherever you wish, but you are encouraged to take your time and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer:

- Sit in the shade by a mountain stream and listen to the songbirds.

- Look around for wildlife big and small. The outdoors is their only home.

- Walk slowly and talk to the wildlife that might be just around the corner in the trail so you don’t have a surprise encounter with a bear, mountain lion or mama moose! Keep your lightweight bear spray handy just in case.

- Keep an eye out for wildflowers and definitely stop to smell the wild roses.

- Bring along kids and elders, sharing enthusiasm and knowledge.

- Carry lots of heavy plant and bird ID books to help slow you down!

- Better yet, bring a bit of camping gear and spend a night or two under the stars!

You can track your 70 miles of progress (and mindful delays) using our Swan Crest Virtual Trek, where you’ll find links to a map and a chart on which you can track your progress.

The interactive map you’ll find there is also a great way to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Swan Crest. And, it will get you thinking about even more ways to appreciate and spend time in the great outdoors wherever you are!

Happy trails, sights, sounds, and smells!

 

This article published on May 22, 2019 • [Permalink]


Legal Challenge Issued to Abandonment of Fish and Wildlife Protections in Flathead Forest Plan!

UPDATED 4/15/19: The government did not respond to our February 8 60-day notice so on April 15, 2019, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on our behalf in U.S. District Court in Missoula, MT.

Click here for our Court Complaint.

Click here for our 4/15/19 press release.

Click here to read the Missoulian article in this matter.

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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!

The photo above was taken by the Flathead National Forest of its logging road 10753. It considers this road so well "stored" and "impassable" to motor vehicles that it need not be counted as a road in total road density - as though it does not continue to impact fish and wildlife!

Mandatory limits on the road system that were in the prior Forest Plan's Amendment 19 have been fully abandoned in the revised Plan. The Flathead no longer has to decommission old logging roads and remove culverts in order to protect grizzly bears and bull trout, even though research shows bears are displaced by even closed roads and bull trout suffer from the sediment produced by roads.

The Flathead recently revealed what it thinks it can get away with under its revised Plan. Its Mid-Swan Landscape "Restoration" Project would build 60 miles of new permanent logging roads and an unspecified mileage of "temporary" logging roads! In contrast, under Amemendment 19, the Flathead built only 3.2 miles of new road since 1995.

Earthjustice has agreed to represent us in this matter!

Click here for our press release.

Click here for our Notice of Intent to file suit.

Click here to read the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake's article in this matter.

Click here for good reasons to doubt the government's claims that grizzly bears are "recovered" in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

 

This article published on February 13, 2019 • [Permalink]


“Heart of the Grizzly Bear Nation” Questions Government Claims of Grizzly Bear “Recovery”

Dr. David Mattson questions government claims of grizzly bear recovery in this hour-long video and this Report presenting an alternative vision of robust recovery for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.

Government spokepeople would have us believe that the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear population continues to grow at a rapid pace, fueling dramatic increases in distribution, and that they know with remarkable precision how many bears are there.

In fact, Dr. Mattson explains, we know very little about the current size and trajectory of this bear population. Moreover, episodes of rapid increase in distribution have more plausibly been driven by changes in habitat and diet than by increases in bear numbers.

Click here for our press advisory that summarizes Dr. Mattson's presentation. It includes a link to the video of his presentation and an annotated, video timestamp index to highlights.

You can also go straight to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pfIBnZtjTw .

Or, you can download the Heart of the Grizzly Bear Nation Report here.

(This post updated 6/20/19 to include the new Report).

 

This article published on February 12, 2019 • [Permalink]


Trump and Flathead National Forest Accelerate Logging!

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!

As the sun sets on 2018, don't think for a moment that the government is shut down!

On December 21, Winter Solstice, Trump issued an Executive Order directing increased logging on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands under the guise of controlling wildfires - even though hundreds of experts have warned logging will make matters worse. The EO instructs the agencies to use existing shortcuts in environmental reviews and to create new shortcuts. You can read or download the EO here or the warning letter from 200 scientists here.

Two days after Christmas, the Flathead National Forest published its Final Record of Decision for its revised Forest Plan. In the same Federal Register notice, the Forest Supervisors of the other Forests in the Northern Continental Divide Grizzly Bear Ecosystem issued Amendments to their Forest Plans. The Flathead Plan and other Plan Amendments all remove or greatly relax management standards that were in prior plans to protect the threatend grizzly bear and its habitats from road building and logging.

We wish we had better news to share, but we wanted to let you know that we aren't asleep at the switch even though the government may be pretending to be!

With you by our side we intend to meet these challenges head-on in 2019! Your continuted support of our work is greatly appreciated!

January 7 update: Click here to read a Hungry Horse New Article chastising the Flathead for not making the release of its revised Forest Plan known publicly. The article also notes that the current Forest Plan's road closure and decommissioning program for grizzly bear security, Amendment 19, had also restored water quality in Big Creek and gotten it removed from the list of "impaired" watersheds - but that Amendment 19 is abandoned in the revised Forest Plan!

 

This article published on December 30, 2018 • [Permalink]


Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year!

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

May you find yourself among friends and family and doing things you love!

Thank you for your kind words and support in 2018!

 

This article published on December 20, 2018 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Temporary Win for Grizzlies but More Work Ahead!

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!

To make matters worse, the revised Flathead Forest Plan is due to be issued by Christmas. It would strip existing protections from grizzly bear habitat regardless of whether ESA protections are lifted - unless we stop it!

So please join others in supporting our work to protect habitats for wildlife, fish and people!

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

A big THANK YOU to those who made donations matched by Cinnabar Foundation!

Won't you join them and DONATE NOW to help us meet our year-end budget?

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

 

This article published on December 03, 2018 • [Permalink]


NCDE Griz Still on Chopping Block!

The Court's recent restoration of ESA protection to the Yellowstone grizzly bears does not stop the planned removal of those protections in the Glacier/NCDE area!

We need your help to continue fighting delisting of the NCDE grizzly bears, including at this week's hearings in Missoula and Kalispell!

While the Court in the Yellowstone case just gave government agencies good advice on how NOT to proceed in the NCDE delisting process, that doesn't mean the agencies will heed it.

It is important that you show up at hearings, send in comments and send letters to newspaper editors saying you want continued ESA protections for grizzly bears!

The Yellowstone Court ruling supports our position on the NCDE, so please revisit our Action Alert and provide comments to MDFWP this week!

 

 

This article published on September 25, 2018 • [Permalink]


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