Paul Zalis, broadcast producer, and his wife, Barbara Lemmick, a teacher and well-known artist are from Somers.
"We still recall our first sight of the pristine Swan ridge line crowning Swan Lake. It was love at first sight...
Longtime Bigfork resident Jack Whitney was born on a homestead at the foothills of the Swan. As a young man, he was fond of hunting in the northern Swan with a homemade bow and arrows in the Swan. Jack has spent decades working to pass on our special way of life and outdoor traditions. “The Forest Service should not be half-way about protecting the wild Swan Range,” he says. “The Forest Service has the responsibility and should do the right thing.”
Frank Vitale, horseman, lives in the shadow of the Swan Range near Columbia Falls. He encourages the Flathead National Forest to resolve conflicts between motorized and traditional backcountry users, as the number of people here increases. "The northern Swan Range provides some of the best backcountry horseback riding opportunities near the Flathead Valley."
The Swan range is an important refuge for people, plants, and wildlife, from the increasingly hectic lifestyle that has become the Flathead Valley. I love going to Jewel Basin and will continue to explore other trails and drainages. Let’s all use wisdom and foresight regarding treasures such as the Swan Range.
We frequently hike the northern Swan Range and Historic Alpine Trail #7. The Swans are close to town and make it easy to get in the mountains to enjoy Nature and a bit of solitude. I¹d recommend Inspiration Point and Trinkus Lake hikes to anyone willing to use their own God-given legs and lungs. Motorcycles don¹t belong on Swan Mountain trails. We encountered a group of motorcycles on Six Mile Mountain trail. They were going so fast they ran four of us off the trail. Give us back the quiet trails!
Our family has spent the last 35 years hiking, skiing & hunting in the Swan Range. When our son Kyle was 4 he started hiking, skiing and winter camping with us, often times in Jewell Basin. Whether we have a half a day or several days – we know we can get away quickly from town and have a wonderful, peaceful experience. Please join us in helping to retain the full mountain experience!!
We love all of the northern Swan Range and Historic Alpine Trail #7. We love to take visitors in from the Napa Point trailhead because it is an awesome place to get perspective on the entire Swan Valley. Spring wildflowers and birding are amazing. I grew up in a family that was serious about its horses and serious about its motorcycles. One thing we figured out early on is that the two do not mix well in a backcountry setting.
As a budding wildlife biologist in the 1970s, Doug Chadwick, cut his teeth by studying mountain goats in the high country of the northern Swan, documenting how valuable the mountains are for mountain goats, and other species. Today, he is internationally known as a writer for National Geographic. Doug and Karen, of Whitefish, still enjoy knowing the Swan range is there for people and wildlife alike. “We both feel that if we can’t keep the very ridges and summits free of motorized traffic, engine noise, and accompanying disturbances, where on the Swans’ mountainsides are we supposed to go to get away from the hubbub and hurry of the world below?” they say.
'It's obvious in the Flathead Valley today that rapid development is changing forever previously tranquil and pristine areas. We all seek and thrive on those times when we can spend time in the woods and on the mountains free of the sounds of a motor. We must travel ever further to find that quiet. Unfortunately, ATV's are becoming ever more powerful, spreading noise and noxious weeds deeper into the range. I support Swanrange.org's campaign to keep motorized vehicles off traditional foot and stock trails."
"The Forest Service is not paying attention to Forest Service history and the reasons the National Forests were created in the first place. Motorcycles don't love wild country. People do. The Forest Service needs to provide more protection for wildlife habitat in the northern Swan Range - not less."