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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11-02: Wild Horse & Burro Introduction

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that existing wild horse herds be confined and managed at their current locations, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts of Montana stand opposed to the introduction of any new population of wild horses and burros in Montana.

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10-07: Wolves & Endangered Species Act

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD);

Support federal legislation to amend the endangered species act in such a manner to allow delisting of wolves.
Support additional funding for Animal Damage control and fair compensation for losses.
Support and encourage Fish, Wildlife and Parks to act more swiftly and with greater force to eliminate problem wolf packs.

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10-04: Cans & Bottles Deposit Law

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with the Legislature to encourage the adoption of a beverage deposit law to ensure the beauty of our unique pristine environment.

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10-03: BNSF Cooperation

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) open and maintain dialogue with BNSF Railway to insure BNSF Railway is aware of the concerns and responsibilities of Montana conservation districts, and is also made aware of the corresponding responsibilities of BNSF Railway as a member of the Montana community.

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09-12: Support of the Bureau of Land Management’s Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts stand in support of the BLM’s Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and vocalize this support through a variety of means, including letters to Montana’s Congressional delegation, Governor, state legislators, and federal agencies as appropriate; press releases; lobbying efforts; and any other appropriate venue.

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09-10: Fuels Reduction Projects On Federal Forest Lands

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts at its November 19, 2009 annual meeting shall support common sense conservation measures by Federal agencies in their efforts to initiate fuels reduction projects (and/or encourage such measures) that utilize a variety of methods such as hand thinning, commercial thinning, and planned fires.

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09-07: Opposing Efforts To Create A Multi-Million Acre Wildlife Reserve With Bison In North Central Montana

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursues and supports a temporary moratorium on the conversion of State and Federal grazing leases from cattle to bison; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based on a study and assessment, a uniform guidance be developed on how to proceed with bison restoration efforts and grazing conversions in Montana.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts stands opposed to the conversion of millions of acres in north central Montana to a wildlife reserve with bison until a study of the social acceptability and an assessment that studies the cumulative impacts of a multi-million acre wildlife reserve on the natural resources, economy, and communities are completed.

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09-01: Allowing practice payments on watering facilities in cropland through the Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop specifications and policy within the scope of the FOTG that will allow NRCS planners with appropriate job approval to plan and allow the cost sharing of these practices on cropland when there is a natural resource benefit to do so.

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08-07: Readopt Resolution 22 From 1989

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD readopts resolution twenty-two from 1989, only changing Department of State Lands to Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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08-04: Control of Houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts in Montana request that the state and federal agencies work to facilitate obtaining a biologic control for suppression of houndstongue in the state of Montana.

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08-03: Resolutions Opposing Split State Status for the Management of Brucellosis in the State of Montana

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD encourage Governor Schweitzer to sign the Memorandum of Understanding directing the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee to address the root of the brucellosis problem; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the MACD encourages all signatories of the Interagency Bison Management Plan to fully implement the plan to prevent the spread of brucellosis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MACD opposes other action that may facilitate the spread of the disease prior to implementation of Interagency Bison Management Plan.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts stand opposed to the implementation of split state status on the livestock producers of Montana for the management of brucellosis.

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07-04: Continued Funding for MSU Programs

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, along with the Rangeland Resources Executive Committee support the continued funding of the Undaunted Stewardship Program, Montana Sheep Institute and the Skeen Institute are essential programs to the state of Montana, which assist ranchers in improving management practices and innovative ideas in agriculture.

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07-01: Wildfire Management

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts at its November 14, 2007 annual meeting urges the Forest Service, Congress and the President of the United States to consider a revised policy which includes immediate suppression of fires in a watershed drainage in drought years.

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06-10: Request the United States Congress to Remove Hidden Pasture Creek Wilderness Study Areas from Wilderness Study Designation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts be in favor of and pledge its support for these groups requesting, during the next session of the United States Congress, that the Hidden Pasture Creek WSA number MT-076-022 be removed from any further wilderness study designation.

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