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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. www.swcdm.org

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

MISC Meeting Update

The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) meeting on 10/03/18 was very informative. Several items were of interest: They are currently going through a law review gathering information from several listening…

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September 14 2018 Special Board Meeting

A special meeting of the MACD Board of Directors was called on September 14, 2018 for the purpose of reviewing Conservation District dues (partial and non-payment) exception requests. Read the…

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September 2018 Meeting

The MACD Board of Directors met for their regular board meeting via conference call on September 10, 2018. Topics discussed included SWCDM 990, retiring board members, formation of a legislative…

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Resolutions Library

Each year, MACD’s member districts are invited to craft and submit resolutions that will help direct the advocacy and policy work of the Association on specific natural resource issues. Through the resolution process, districts are able to provide the Association with direct input on natural resource topics of high interest or concern at the local, regional, state, and/or national level.

MACD has added resolutions from 2005 onward to this website. You can browse our resolutions library by clicking below.

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