17-01: Promote Agency Policies to Limit the Spread of Invasive Species

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD request that all state and federal regulatory agencies have written policies in place for cleaning vehicles, equipment and watercraft that travel off-road or move to different waterbodies, to minimize chances of spreading invasive species when performing field work; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MACD work with agencies to ensure that a periodic review of policies, practices and implementation take place, with the goal being to lead by example to better protect our natural resources from terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.

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16-04: Continued Funding for CBMPA Program

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts approach the next Montana Legislature to request continued funding for the CBMPP for program management, water sampling, and reimbursement to landowners for approved claims.

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16-03: Retaining the CBMPA Legislation

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with DNRC and the state legislature to assure that the Coal Bed Methane Protection Act is retained as state law in order to maintain the future option of providing a mechanism to reimburse landowners with approved claims.

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16-02: Supporting Infrastructure

WHEREAS, MCA 76-156-102 which is the Montana Association of Conservation Districts’ Declaration of policy, states “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to provide for the conservation of soil and soil resources of this state, for…

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15-03: Use Local Ecological Knowledge to Incorporate Predation Concerns Into Ecological Restoration for Endangered Species

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work with Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) to address predators as listed above as a component that needs better understanding and be included in restoration efforts, as well as control efforts if needed.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MACD promote the use of “local ecological knowledge” in addressing the impacts to Sage grouse populations.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD encourage the MSGOT and other agencies to address all impacts to Sage grouse populations.

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15-02: Clarification and coordination of outreach regarding Board of Oil and Gas Form 22

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation to amend the wording on the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation Form 22, Supplemental Information # 6, to strike the phrase “stream crossing permit” and insert the phrase “310 Permit” to better inform an operator that a 310 permit covers projects in addition to stream crossings; and should contact the local conservation district in order for the district to determine if a 310 permit is required.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts request the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation to encourage operators prior to filling out the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation Form 22, to meet with the local conservation districts to determine the extent of the local conservation district’s jurisdiction over well pads under the 310 Law.

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14-01: Endangered Species Prey Preservation

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED,  that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourage the Federal government to add an addendum to the Endangered species act to that requires preservation of prey for listed endangered predators.

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14-02: Oppose Continuous Grazing on Federal Lands

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts is to contact the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to oppose continuous year- round grazing permits on native range lands in Montana.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that continuous year-round grazing should not occur on BLM lands with the exception of smaller unfenced parcels that are managed accordingly by the permit holder.

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13–05: Fuels Mitigation and Reduction Plan

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourage local, state, and federal governments to assist in creating a market based approach to fuels mitigation and land management to promote a more sustainable method of reducing fuels and preventing catastrophic damage.

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13-03: Wild & Free Roaming Bison

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts stand is opposed to free roaming wild buffalo or bison.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Montana Association of Conservation Districts identify a sponsor for a bill in the 2015 Montana Legislature to amend Montana Law to prohibit the establishment of any free roaming wild buffalo or bison within the state of Montana.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts identify a sponsor for a bill in the 2015 Montana Legislature to amend Montana Law to clearly define that any bison or buffalo that has been captive, corralled, fenced in, or transported is no longer considered free roaming and/or wild.

FINALLY BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts identify a sponsor for a bill in the 2015 Montana Legislature to amend Montana Law to clearly state that bison or buffalo that are not kept in the confines of those wishing to house them will be defined as domestic livestock and subject to Montana laws.

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13-02: Maintenance of Crested Wheatgrass and Smooth Brome Grass in Existing,  Environmentally Sensitive, Stands of CRP

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) request the Montana Farm Service Agency to allow existing stands of crested wheatgrass, smooth brome grass and Kentucky bluegrass in environmentally sensitive areas of CRP to earn enough points to stay in “as is” as resource-conserving grasses with some wildlife value.

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12-06: Zero Net Growth of Public Lands

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts supports zero net growth of public lands in Montana.

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12-01: Sage Grouse Status

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana support healthy rangelands and policies that promote sustainable livestock production. THEREFORE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana oppose listing  sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species and requests that all federal agencies and actions comply with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and National Environmental Policy Act.

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11-08: Risk Management Agency Guidelines for Cover Crops

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts investigate and pursue changes to Risk Management Agency guidelines to expand opportunities for cover crops in Montana.

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11-03: Future Wild Lands Designations

WHEREAS, Conservation Districts are units of local government designated to help citizens conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources, and WHEREAS, the northern prairies of the United States are an environment naturally conducive to vibrant wild lands and…

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