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Holidays 2011 Newsletter

The Holidays 2011 issue of Swan View's News reports we can voluntarily treat roadless lands as Wilderness, build on existing support for Congressional Wilderness designations, renew the public pledge to "Tread Lightly" and "Leave no Trace," and conduct volunteer Wilderness-compliant trail maintenance in order to walk the talk!


This article published on November 10, 2011 • [Permalink]

Bike Jumps and Ramps Being Removed from Beardance Trail

The Forest Service is removing a number of breakneck biking jumps and ramps from the Beardance Trail on Crane Mountain, where they weren't supposed to be installed in the first place

Rich Kehr, the district ranger at the Swan Lake Ranger District, said mountain biking features at Beardance — and any other trail in Flathead National Forest for that matter — need to follow the guidelines of a trail management objective.

"(The features) didn't meet with the objective of the trail," Kehr said. "They cause riders to go off the main tread of the trail and form these side trails and parallel trails."

Read the full Flathead Beacon article.

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This article published on September 20, 2011 • [Permalink]

Summer-Fall 2011 Newsletter

Swan View's Summer-Fall 2011 Newsletter reports on our new Code of Responsible Recreation for America's Backcountry, breakneck biking, increasing run-ins between fast-moving bikers, trail runners and bears, a Wildlife Conservation Society report that recommends Wilderness designation for the Swan Range, and how Cinnabar will once again double your donation!


This article published on September 02, 2011 • [Permalink]

Outlaw Biker Bullies Forest Service on Crane Mountain Trails

The documents show that [Ron] Cron was fined $300 for three days he spent developing a trail on Crane Mountain after he said he found Swan Lake Ranger District employees unreceptive to his proposals to expand trails there. An agent found his hand tools on the trail, took them as evidence and left a business card. Cron later called and admitted building the trail.

"We purposely left the beginning and end of the trail obscured and not brushed out so it was not obvious because we knew we were doing something illegal," Cron wrote in the affidavit. "We wanted to build the trail first before telling the Forest Service because we knew once the trail was established it would never be removed." …

[Keith] Hammer believes any future public process considering mountain biking on Crane Mountain is illegitimate while the trail there already exists.

"The trails continue to be used and have been used for over two years," Hammer said. "So the entire process is biased until the Forest Service goes out and shuts down these illegal trails." …

Other emails by Forest Service officials express concern over how freeride mountain biking fits with other uses. That compatibility is what has Hammer concerned about the Beardance Trail, where riding features like elevated logs and other natural obstacles have been incorporated.

Read the full Flathead Beacon Article. While there, be sure to add your comments to help insure laws to protect wildlife and other forest users are followed on our public lands!

Email Swan Lake District Ranger Rich Kehr and Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber today and ask that all unauthorized bike trails, jumps and ramps on Crane Mountain be removed to protect wildlife and other forest users! and

Read our previous article about Crane Mountain Trails for more background.

This article published on August 11, 2011 • [Permalink]

Crane Mountain Biking Out of Control!
Jerry Sprunger cartoon
Jerry Sprunger cartoon.

Extreme downhill mountain bikers have cut illegal trails on Crane Mountain and constructed unauthorized jumps and ramps on its historic Beardance Trail. The Forest Service has allowed these illegal trails and structures to persist for years, setting the stage for dangerous conflicts between breakneck mountain bikers and other forest users.

Some extreme mountain bikers have organized as Crane Mountain Trail Supporters and are being courted by the Forest Service. We offer our findings in this article and provide photos of some of the illegal trails, jumps and ramps in our Crane Mountain Position Paper.

If you agree with our position, please email District Ranger Rich Kehr at Tell him you want all unauthorized extreme downhill mountain biking trails, jumps and ramps removed from Crane Mountain - and that you want to be kept informed.

Such rogue and bullish downhill mountain biking is causing problems across the country, has already caused problems near Whitefish, and will certainly cause problems in the Swan Range and elsewhere if we can't get a handle on it near Bigfork.

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This article published on July 27, 2011 • [Permalink]

Winter-Spring 2011 Newsletter

Swan View's Winter-Spring 2011 Newsletter reports on how we stopped the poisoning of old-growth forest in the Swan Valley, a federal bear expert calling the Swan Crest Footrace "human arrogance," a Forest Service initiative to down-size its road system nation-wide, and how you can help secure better Forest Planning regulations in 5 minutes!


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This article published on January 05, 2011 • [Permalink]

Holidays 2010 Newsletter

Swan View's Holidays 2010 Newsletter celebrates the designation of critical habitat for bull trout, pays tribute to members and conservation heroes that passed away this year, recognizes the need to invest time in the outdoors with our youth, and notes there is still time for your DONATIONS to meet our Cinnabar challenge grant BY NOV 30!


This article published on November 15, 2010 • [Permalink]

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Reminds you to mark your calendar for our Nov 7 fund-raiser party at El Topo Cantina in Bigfork and our Nov 21 annual meeting, reports on why wildlife biologists roundly criticize the Swan Crest 100 Foot Race, tells of how similarly unauthorized activities have proven harmful or fatal, and reminds you that your DONATION by Nov 30 will be matched by Cinnabar Foundation!


This article published on September 15, 2010 • [Permalink]

Winter-Spring 2010 Newsletter
Urges you to write a short letter in support of "critical habitat" for threatened bull trout, reports on broad-based opposition to Senator Tester's wildlands logging bill, reports on the absurdity of late-season snowmobiling on the Flathead National Forest, and provides a "clip and carry" card to help you report motor vehicle abuses of public lands!

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This article published on February 15, 2010 • [Permalink]

Holidays 2009

Finds rays of hope in these economic hard times, reports on increased funding for Forest Service road reclamation, gives historical perspective for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, illustrates with maps the importance of wildlands to wildlife conservation, and provides several ways for you to support our nonprofit work through a donation today!


This article published on December 25, 2009 • [Permalink]

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

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