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Working together for Local, Common Sense Conservation

A 501(c)4 organization. MACD supports Montana’s Conservation Districts through advocacy, partnership building, and more.

A 501(c)3 organization. SWCDM supports Montana’s Conservation Districts through supplemental program support and technical assistance.

About Conservation Districts

What’s a Conservation District?

Conservation districts are units of local government designed to help citizens conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources. They were organized in the 1930s as a response to the “Dust Bowl” days.

The State of Montana passed legislation creating its conservation districts in 1939 to provide for local control of natural resource management programs and activities. Montana’s 58 conservation districts cover all counties and include more than 70 municipalities included within district boundaries.

In Montana, CDs have the additional responsibility of implementing the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act, also known as the 310 law. This law requires a permit from the local CD before any work is done in Montana’s waterways.

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News & Updates

The Montana Conservationist June 14

The Montana Conservationist June 14

Greetings, readers! Have you been missing The Montana Conservationist? I thought perhaps you might. Here's what's happening this week: The MACD and SWCDM board of directors just wrapped up our…

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The Montana Conservationist, May 30

Greetings, Conservationist readers! I hope you all had a meaningful Memorial Day holiday. Ours here in Northwest Montana was spent on yard projects and picking morel mushrooms. Yes, we found…

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April 2018 Minutes

The MACD Board of Directors met via conference call on April 9, 2018. Topics discussed at the meeting: 2018 MACD revised budget Flathead CD request for full voting rights with…

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