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Fall 2009

Announces our 25th annual membership meeting and potluck November 8; reports on our deliberate choices of media; tells how our lawsuits continue to secure quiet habitat for fish, wildlife and people; reports on the winners of our Celebrating the Swan Range photo contest; and announces Cinnabar Foundation will once again double your donation!


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

Summer 2009 Newsletter

Previews our "Celebrating the Swan Range!" Photo Exhibit, reports on two important decisions securing portions of the Swan Range from motorcycle and snowmobile intrusions, and contrasts Tester's Wildlands Logging Bill with the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act!


This article published on July 18, 2009 • [Permalink]

Winter-Spring 2009 Special 25th Anniversary Issue

Includes a chronology of our 25 years of accomplishments, the 3 guiding principles that bind them all together, and several ways you can join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary!"


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

Holidays 2008

We discuss the art of Receiving Humbly and Giving Generously by firstly providing the late Clif Merritt's recounting of his success in leading a 15-year effort to get Jewel Basin designated a Hiking Area. We then recap our efforts over the past 24 years to protect and secure Wilderness designation for Jewel Basin and other equally deserving portions of the Swan Range and provide several ways folks can help support our work, including by giving Gift Memberships to Swan View Coalition!


This article published on November 25, 2008 • [Permalink]

Fall 2008

As we announce our annual membership meeting for November 9, Swan View takes a look at how we can all pull together during even economic hard times to remain generous in our protection of people, water, fish and wildlife. Positive local examples of cooperation between private, county, state and federal entities are presented, along with an opportunity for donors to automatically double their donation via a generous matching grant from Cinnabar Foundation.


This article published on September 25, 2008 • [Permalink]

Spring and Summer 2008

Our lawsuits continue to help protect old-growth forests and wildlife habitat security, with a federal judge recently banning late-spring snowmobiling on the Flathead National Forest. Make the "Swan Trek Bet," a fun way to help support our work while staying fit and learning more about the natural and cultural history of the Swan Range.


This article published on March 25, 2008 • [Permalink]

Winter 2008

Special Issue and Call to Action: Securing Quiet Habitat for Fish, Wildlife, and Humans! This issue provides a primer on our efforts to reduced the number of roads and motor vehicles on the Flathead National Forest. It then asks you to write a short email or letter to help our efforts securing quiet habitat for fish, wildlife and humans.


This article published on December 25, 2007 • [Permalink]

Fall and Holidays 2007

Almost 25 years ago, Swan View Coalition formed as a conservation nonprofit to put an end to the kind of destructive nonsense pictured below. As we approach our 25th anniversary, we continue the battle and prepare for the next 25 years.


This article published on September 25, 2007 • [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."