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Krause Basin Needs Your Help Now!
Illegal ORV mud-bogging in Krause Basin, May 2014!

Please take a moment NOW and write an email 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!

Send a quick email to flatheadplanrevision@fs.fed.us and make the following points:

1. The 1988 Noisy Face Recreation Plan intended to phase out ORV use of Krause Basin by prohibiting ORV races, reducing ORV routes by half, and requiring that remaining ORV routes "will not be marked on the ground."

2. The 1995 Flathead Forest Plan Amendment 19 finds that the Krause Basin area has more than twice the density of motorized routes allowed and only half of the grizzly bear security required by Forest Plan standards.

3. It is high time to close the ORV routes to motorized vehicles to provide adequate security for grizzly bear, calving elk, wolverine, and lynx.

4. These routes and wildlife habitat can better accommodate lower-impact uses by foot, ski and mountain bike that have become increasingly popular, while maintaining peace and quiet in the adjacent Foothills Road neighborhood.

5. The new draft Forest Plan's Management Area 7 "Focused Recreation Area" emphasizing "motorized trails" is absolutely unacceptable for Krause Basin and contrary to the goal of limiting human uses to those that don't trash wildlife security (as are Swan Lake Ranger District's plans to illegally mark the ORV routes on the ground)!

Click here to download a petition that makes the above points, sign it along with a handful of your friends and associates, then mail it to us at the address provided on the petition.

The Forest Service has had 26 years to reduce ORV use and abuse to levels that protect fish and wildlife. Now it wants to head in the opposite direction and at the expense of lower-impact, quiet recreation! DON'T LET THEM!

Click here to find more details on the history of legal protections for Krause Basin, on pages 4-6 of our 60-day notice of intent to file suit in this matter.

PLEASE ALSO ATTEND the Forest Plan meeting/open house Tuesday, March 17, from 5:30 - 7:30, at the Flathead Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, west of Costco and Glacier High School!

While we handle the legal stuff, YOUR VOICE IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO SHIFT THE POLITICS IN FAVOR OF QUIET RECREATION, FISH AND WILDLIFE!

We'll issue several more alerts over the next two months as we dig deeper into the new proposed Flathead Forest Plan!

THANK YOU!

This article published on March 12, 2015 • [Permalink]


Washington Post Outs Tester's Timber Lies!
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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!

This well-researched disclosure is important! It shatters the underlying myth and scapegoating upon which efforts by Congress, some State Legislatures, some "conservation" groups, and industry are trying to increase logging on federal public lands, even if it means turning control or title of those lands over to the States!

Conservation groups enforcing America's bedrock environmental protection laws in court is not the problem industry allies say it is! Senator Tester and others are simply going to have to find a new myth and a new scapegoat in order to do the timber industry's bidding!

Tester last week told Montana Public Radio "Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them." The Washington Post finds "there are 97 timber sales under contract in Montana's national forests. Of that number, just 14 have active litigation, so about 14 percent. But only four of the sales are enjoined by a court from any logging."

When Tester was again questioned by MTPR, he suddenly became "unavailable" for the week and his staff shifted to talking timber volume, claiming "Nearly half of the awarded timber volume in Fiscal Year 2014 is currently under litigation." The Washington Post finds this to also be a lie, finding only about 10% of the timber volume under contract is halted by litigation.

The Washington Post has awarded Tester "Four Pinocchios," its worst rating for telling a "whopper" - in this case two whoppers.

Click "Read Full Article" below to read more about how such lies are the false premise upon which even some "conservation" groups are basing their collaboration with industry to increase logging on federal public lands.


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This article published on February 25, 2015 • [Permalink]


A New Year: Time for Intervention!

Our Winter 2015 newsletter outlines why we must intervene NOW to protect America's wilderness and conservation legacy - and how you can help!

Montana Wilderness Association and Headwaters Montana are selling out wilderness quality lands in the northern Swan Range, an indicator of even larger problems in the conservation movement!

This newsletter describes how bedrock environmental laws based in social justice, anti-materialism and public challenges to government are being sidelined and replaced by social favoritism, giving consumers everything they want, and paying any price for access to government officials.

If you read only one newsletter in 2015, let it be this one! We need your help getting the conservation movement back on track!

Click here to view or download our Winter 2015 newsletter.

Here is the table of contents:

Please DONATE NOW to help us turn things around!

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

This article published on February 12, 2015 • [Permalink]


Happy New Year!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy New Year from high atop the Swan Crest!

We greatly appreciate your support of our work protecting the Swan Range and the greater Flathead River Basin from development and human misconduct!

We are currently involved in both public education and lawsuits to help protect bull trout, fisher, lynx, wolverine, grizzly bear, elk, and more.

These are the wildlife and wild places that have made Montana and American public lands famous, yet these sanctuaries are still threatened!

There are two days left to make a year-end contribution securely online or by sending a check to 3165 Foothill Road, Kalispell, MT 59901! Your gift is tax-deductible!

We had a great 30th year in 2014 and will continue fighting to secure quiet, calm habitats for fish, wildlife and people in 2015 and beyond!

With your support the sky is the limit!

THANK YOU!

This article published on December 30, 2014 • [Permalink]


Happy Solstice and Holidays!

Swan View Coalition wishes you a Happy Solstice and Holidays!

Whichever hemisphere you live in, today's Solstice offers an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to the natural world.

We hope you'll take ten minutes to watch this wonderful and empowering video.

"We are All One" shares an Indigenous Native American Prophecy that links all of life and the future of our planet.

We each hold the power to make a difference, in part by regarding "natural resources" as family rather than commodity.

We wish you the best this Solstice and Holiday Season!

This article published on December 21, 2014 • [Permalink]


Holiday Newsletter: Martin Litton, Failings of Compromise, Our Pledge to You!

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 wild lands!

Click here to view or download our Holidays 2014 newsletter.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Please DONATE NOW to support our work and help us raise the $20,000 needed to meet our year-end budget!

THANK YOU for your support!

This article published on December 12, 2014 • [Permalink]


Oppose Defense Bill's Public Land Give-Aways Today!

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 must-pass Defense Authorization Bill!

The "rider" package has far too many give-aways of public lands and resources to merit support for its very meager designations of Wilderness.

Yes, the North Fork Flathead River and Rocky Mountain Front deserve protection from oil, gas and minerals mining - but not at the expense of removing protection from Wilderness Study Areas in eastern Montana near Otter Creek and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to benefit the coal, oil and gas industries!

Nor should these bills be packaged in the dead of night with provisions to give 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corporation for logging, nor granting National Forest land in Arizona to a foreign-owned mining company, among other horrible provisions!

Please take a quick minute TODAY to phone Senator Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and the Senators from your state (find phone numbers here).

Simply tell them you oppose the inclusion of public land provisions in the Defense Bill and want them removed!

Take action today before the Senate acts tomorrow!

Swan View Coalition is among the 47 organizations that signed the letter to the Senate, which you can read here.

Click here to read Montana Environmental Information Center's assessment of the rider's impact to eastern Montana.

Click here to read the Missoulian article about the late-night horse-trading by which Montana Senators Tester and Walsh, along with Representative Daines, made even more 11th-hour compromises to the already heavily compromised Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act - with no pubic hearings whatsoever.

Click here to read more details about the "Cost of Compromise" in the Missoula Independent!

Click here to read the 449-page Defense Bill public lands rider!

Make no mistake, these types of public land give-aways will become the norm by which big Wilderness groups get a little bit of Wilderness without telling you the true and unacceptable costs - unless you put a stop to it!

This article published on December 08, 2014 • [Permalink]


A Heartfelt Thanksgiving!

We are blessed with a beautiful Swan Range that is home to rare fish and wildlife. Thank you for your help protecting them!

Did you know the Swan Range is reported to have a higher density of rare wolverine than Glacier National Park?

Your support of our work has removed unlawful snowmobile trails and bridges from the Swan Range and our Citizen reVision of the Flathead Forest Plan protects more wolverine habitat than any other!

Your support helped us end the trapping of wolverine in Montana and is helping us use the courts to secure protection for them under the Endangered Species Act!

We thank you, the wolverine thank you - as do the grizzly bears, bull trout, pine marten, fisher, westslope cutthroat trout, pileated woodpeckers, and all the other critters that depend on clean water, wild country and big old trees.

May your Thanksgiving include time with family and friends - and maybe a hike on the wild side!

This article published on November 27, 2014 • [Permalink]


Let's Restore Threatened Bull Trout!

Your short email TODAY can help restore threatened bull trout via a better Recovery Plan!

When bull trout were listed as a threatened species in 1999, their numbers had already been reduced by 60%.

Yet the Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan would allow another 25% of local populations to disappear!

That's NOT recovery, and Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear that from you loud and clear!

Please send a short email TODAY to fw1bulltroutrecoveryplan@fws.gov (comments due by December 3)!

Tell FWS to establish firm population, habitat and monitoring standards in its Recovery Plan that will ensure bull trout thrive in all areas they are found today and that will restore them to significant portions of their former range.

Click here for a more detailed 3-page alert prepared by Friends of the Wild Swan.

Click here to download a copy of the Revised Draft Recovery Plan.

THANK YOU for taking a moment to help protect the clean, cold waters needed by bull trout, other native fish and people!

(Photo credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg)

This article published on November 23, 2014 • [Permalink]


Snowmobile Disaster Planned for Anna Creek and Jewel Basin!

Your quick email is needed TODAY to avert a snowmobile disaster being planned for Jewel Basin and the northern Swan Range!

The Flathead National Forest wants to add its Anna Creek Cabin on the West Side Reservoir Road to its Cabin Rental Program.

But snowmobilers also want the West Side Reservoir Road snow-groomed in winter for quicker snowmobile access to the Anna Creek and Jewel Basin areas - even though snowmobiling is illegal in the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!

The inevitable result will be an increase in snowmobile violations of Jewel Basin and a flood of snowmobile activity in the essential habitats of grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine, and other sensitive wildlife in the northern Swan Range!

Please write a quick email to the Flathead at comments-northern-flathead-hungry-horse-glacier-view@fs.fed.us .

Urge the Flathead to 1) not rent the Anna Creek Cabin during wintertime and 2) not allow snow-grooming of the West Side Reservoir Road!

This is a disaster in the making and you can help stop it in its tracks! Please comment TODAY even though comments will be accepted until November 26!

Click here for the Flathead's letter inviting comments, though it is misleading in saying the area around the cabin is open to snowmobiling and by not mentioning simultaneous pressure to groom the road for quicker snowmobile access.

See the map above: the high country above Anna Creek Cabin is the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, which is closed to snowmobiles! Anna Creek Cabin is no place for a snowmobile base camp!

We've seen this deplorable situation develop along the Continental Divide, where grooming of the Skyland Road and wintertime rental of the Challenge Cabin is contributing to illegal snowmobile trespass into the Great Bear Wilderness and the Badger-Two Medicine, including near females grizzly bears with cubs just emerging from their winter dens. When required by its own Forest Plan to shut down the Skyland area, the Flathead instead simply shifts snowmobiling to the equally sensitive northern Swan Range!

We simply can't let this happen in the Swan Range!

This article published on November 09, 2014 • [Permalink]


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Logging Road Landslide
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat! Keith Hammer photo.

What's New
Join Us for Our 40th Anniversary Potluck and Gathering! May 21, 2024

We hope you can come join us for our 40th Anniversary potluck and gathering on June 9 at the Creston Fish Hatchery pavilion on the shore of Jessup Mill Pond! There will be cake and we get to eat it too!

Winter-Spring Newsletter: Swan View Celebrates 40 Years! April 24, 2024

Our Winter-Spring newsletter celebrates our 40th anniversary with news of recent victories, a look at what we've accomplished in 40 years, a reminder of the work that still lies ahead, and an invitation to our celebratory outdoor potluck and gathering on June 9!

Happy Solstice, Holidays and New Year! December 20, 2023

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

Holidays Newsletter: Things to Celebrate in 2023! December 07, 2023

Our Holidays newsletter announces wolverine are finally given ESA protection, an ESA recovery plan is drafted for lynx, there are promising signs for the management of Krause Basin, and POWDR Corp has withdrawn its plans to super-size Holland Lake Lodge, but reminds us of huge "fuels reduction" logging projects on the horizon!

Summer-Fall Newsletter: Pushing Back Against All Odds! October 12, 2023

Our Summer-Fall newsletter announces the release of our latest Forest Service road closure effectiveness report, describes how the Forest Service is keeping the public in the dark while permitting private corporations to conduct business on public lands, provides graphic proof that "thinning" as "restoration" logging amounts to more clearcuts, and calls on the public to carry and learn to use bear spray when outdoors!

Swan View Report Shows Road Closure Effectiveness Far Lower than Forest Service Claims! September 12, 2023

Swan View Coalition recently released a report based on its 2022 inspection of 303 Forest Service road closure devices in the Flathead National Forest’s Swan Valley Geographic Area. The group found only 53% of the gates, berms and boulders showed no signs of motor vehicle use behind them. When adjusted to account for Forest Service exceptions allowing administrative and logging contractor use behind closures, effectiveness rose to only 68%, far short of the 92% effectiveness claimed by the Flathead NF for 2019-2020.

Your Prompt Donation Matched by Cinnabar Foundation! August 02, 2023

Your prompt donation to support our work will be matched/doubled by Cinnabar Foundation!

Help Push Back on the Commercialization of the Flathead National Forest! May 23, 2023

Your email is needed today to push back on 25 commercial Special Use Permits being issued on the Flathead National Forest!

Winter Spring Newsletter: Government and Industry Set to Log it All! April 17, 2023

Our Winter-Spring newsletter asks you to send a quick email to help stop DNRC from logging the last of its hemlock forests in Krause Basin, then shows how DNRC's proposal aligns with federal proposals that also promote logging to "restore" forests to false "historic" conditions. We provide links to a growing body of research revealing a "falsification of the scientific record in government-funded wildfire studies" that are being used to promote the logging of native forests.

Help Stop DNRC Logging in Krause Basin Today! April 12, 2023

MT DNRC intends to log more of what little native hemlock forest it hasn't logged already in Krause Basin! Please help us stop this phony "forest restoration" now!

Double Your Donation Now! March 23, 2023

Wake up! A generous donor has agreed to match $5,000 in donations to Swan View Coalition! So DONATE NOW and see your donation doubled!

Holidays Newsletter: Learning from Our Past and Moving Forward! November 30, 2022

Our Holidays 2022 newsletter looks at how recreation gets out of control on public lands and what we can do about it. It also provides a brief summary of our work in 2022 and why your membership is important!

Giving Thanks! November 23, 2022

This Thanksgiving we are thankful to have public lands worth protecting and your support of our work to do so!

Summer-Fall Newsletter: Plunder Blunders! October 17, 2022

Our Summer-Fall 2022 newsletter examines two major public relations blunders by the Flathead National Forest as it attempts to force recreational development on a public that is tired of seeing its public lands turned into playgrounds for the rich and racy! We also announce the resumption of our biweekly Swan Range Community Potlucks and Music Jam Sessions - and our Annual Membership Meeting to be held November 20.

Insist Now on Full Public Review of Holland Lake Lodge Mega-Expansion! September 06, 2022

The Flathead National Forest is attempting to approve a mega-expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge on public land without informed public input and with no Environmental Assessment or Impact Statement. Tell the Flathead NOW to back up and start again!

Second Round of Flathead Forest Plan Lawsuits Filed! August 11, 2022

Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan are in the process of filing three new lawsuits against the revised Flathead Forest Plan's building of logging roads in threatened grizzly bear and bull trout habitat!

Winter-Spring Newsletter: To Wonder or Plunder? May 13, 2022

Our Winter-Spring 2022 newsletter takes a sobering look at how, contrary to the way forest ecosystems function and the need to keep carbon stored in trees to combat climate warming, the government and industry instead want to log/thin all the forests they can get their hands on while building all the more logging roads to get it done!

Help Stop Commercial Crowding of the Flathead National Forest! May 10, 2022

Your comments are needed to object to commercial permits that promote crowding of the Flathead National Forest!

FS Cannot Seek Consensus from Krause Basin Collaborative February 13, 2022

The Forest Service cannot ask the Krause Basin Collaborative for group/consensus recommendations, only individual advice.

Forest Service Reneging on Promises to Prohibit Motorized Trails in Krause Basin! December 13, 2021

This page documents promises made by the Flathead National Forest to close all trails in Krause Basin to motorized use after designating it a Wildlife Management Area and mandating that the trails "not be marked on the ground."