18-01: Reinstating 310 Administration Program Funding

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) be directed to coordinate possible solutions to reinstate funding the 310 permit application process that is vital to many conservation districts within Montana to serve the public as mandated by law.

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14-04: Supporting Collaboration and Communication among Agencies and Local Entities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) contact and encourage the development of memoranda of understanding (MOU’s) among the agencies, colleges and research teams, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and conservation districts to encourage collaboration, cooperation and communication among NGO’s, state and federal agencies with local people such as producers, field office staff, district staff and supervisors, and county commissioners.

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14-05: Cooperation before Litigation in Natural Resource Conflicts

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts seek legislation requiring that all organizations, agencies, and individuals bringing litigation to contest natural resource management on public lands in Montana, be required to provide proof that they have worked through the local Conservation Districts and watershed groups and exhausted all efforts to find a workable solution for the sustainability of the land,  the wildlife, and the communities that are economically, culturally, and socially dependent on that land.  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work closely with NRCS, Montana State University Extension, DNRC  and other agencies or seek funding for private consultation to aid with the technical support required for finding solutions.

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13-10: Conservation District Group Benefit Plan

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation District, in consultation with the Conservation Districts Bureau, Conservation & Resource Development Division, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, develop legislation for the 2015 legislative assembly to adopt a specific law for codification in Title 15, chapter 10, part 4 and Title 76, chapter 15, Montana Code Annotated, to provide permanent funding of a group benefit plan for all conservation district employees by means of the conservation district’s annual regular levy.

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13–06: MACD Mitigation Banks

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts create a mitigation bank and/or create partnerships with other organizations that would be available to producers in Montana that need to do a project and can’t because of mitigation requirements.

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13–04: Increase Competitive Bidding Limitation on Conservation District Projects

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts sponsor a bill in the 2015 Montana Legislature to amend Montana Law to establish a minimum dollar amount exemption in the competitive bidding process for conservation districts consistent with the amount established for municipal governments.

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13-01: Notification and Participation of Conservation Districts in addressing Natural Resource Issues

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, related to State and Federal planning projects and their implementation that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts takes the necessary measures to promote and encourage active participation between conservation districts, governmental agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and concerned citizens who work cooperatively to address these issues.

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12-03: Supporting CD-based River Councils & Watershed Groups in Montana

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that MACD will

Provide direct fundraising support specifically targeting CD-based watershed groups and river councils in Montana.  
Develop and secure technical assistance program funding from DNRC that can be used by Conservation Districts to keep local watershed groups and river councils operational.
Make DNRC technical assistance program funding for CD-based watershed groups and river councils a priority item on MACD’s Montana legislative agenda.

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12-02: Fund Montana River Gauging Stations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work to develop permanent funding from private, state and federal programs to pay for the maintenance of the existing and future gauging stations that have been or will be abandoned due to lack of funding.

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11-07: Conservation Districts and NRCS Office Space Resolution

WHEREAS, for more than 75 years the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), and local government Conservation Districts have worked as partners to conserve and protect the soils, water, and air of the United States; WHEREAS, this…

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11-06: Montana Irrigation Water

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts contacts the Governor to support a continuation of the suspension of point of diversion rules for the 2012 irrigation year.

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11-05: Land & Water Conservation Fund

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Conservation Districts of Montana oppose funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for land acquisition and that the fund is used for maintenance.

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10-06: Resolution to Revise Law Regarding the Appointment of Urban Supervisors

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing, the supervisors may  to adopt a resolution changing the structure of the board to include five elected supervisors and two supervisors appointed by incorporated municipalities within conservation district boundaries to represent urban interests, when only part of an incorporated city is within the conservation district boundaries.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, it further resolved, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing the municipalities to appoint urban supervisors that live within the district boundaries but not necessarily within the city limits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation that the two urban supervisors appointed will represent all the municipalities within the Districts.

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10-01: Protection of Private Property Rights

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) formally requests that federal, state and local agencies that control and manage public lands do so in a manner that protects the resource base and property rights of adjacent private lands utilizing the experience and knowledge of local land owners, conservation districts, and other local agency range management specialists.

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09-06: Declaring the Month of June “Rangeland Awareness Month”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the month of June be designated Rangeland Awareness Month.

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