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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.

Resolutions are drafted and approved by a local Conservation District prior to September 1 each year. The resolution then travels to the respective annual Area meeting, held in September/October, where it is deliberated by the Conservation Districts of that area.

If the resolution passes the area meeting, it then moves to the MACD Annual Convention in November. At the convention, it is assigned to a committee, which considers the resolution and then recommends a motion of “Pass” or “Do Not Pass” for the full membership body. The final step is a vote by the full membership during the general session at Convention.

If a resolution passes before the full membership of MACD, it then becomes part of the policies and/or workplan for MACD legislative and advocacy activities. If the resolution has national or federal agency implications, it is sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts for consideration during their annual convention, held in January of each year.

The full resolution process is described in MACD’s Process Document.

Resolutions Library

At 2017 MACD Convention, members approved just one Resolution.

Resolution 17-1: Promote Agency Policies to Limit the Spread of Invasive Species

Resolution 17-1 was submitted by Lower Musselshell Conservation District and resolves 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 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. Full Resolution Text

At the 2016 MACD Annual Convention in Sidney, Montana, representatives from Montana’s Conservation Districts passed the following resolutions:

Resolution 16-1, Support for Conservation District Water Reservations

This resolution was brought forward by Richland Conservation District, and resolves that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts will oppose any efforts to revoke or reduce the flow rates and volumes of any and all Water Reservations held by Conservation Districts. Full text


Resolution 16-2, Supporting Infrastructure

This resolution was brought forward by Phillips Conservation District, and resolves that MACD be directed to coordinate with local conservation districts on state, federal and all other levels to address problems, concerns and potential solutions to fund irrigation structures in need of repair, that are vital to local economies, wildlife, recreationists, municipalities and agriculture. Full text

Updates to this Resolution:


Resolution 16-3, Retaining the CBMPA Legislation

This resolution was brought forward by Treasure County Conservation District, and resolves 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. Full text


Resolution 16-4, Continued funding for the CBMPA Program

This resolution was brought forward by Treasure County Conservation District, and resolves 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. Full text


Resolution 16-5, Pollinator Outreach and Education

This resolution was brought forward by Lake County Conservation District, and resolves that MACD encourages individual Conservation Districts to include pollinator projects in their annual goal setting. Full text

At the 2015 MACD Annual Convention in Missoula, Montana, representatives from Montana’s Conservation Districts passed the following resolutions:

Resolution 15-1, Clarification and coordination of 310 and floodplain permitting

This resolution was brought forward by Lewis & Clark Conservation District, and resolves that MACD work with DNRC to provide outreach to floodplain administrators and conservation districts about the appropriate timing of the permitting process; that MACD work with DNRC to find solutions to the engineering requirements and permitting delays; and that if deemed necessary, MACD pursue legislative action to change floodplain statutes to address these concerns. Full Text


Resolution 15-2, Clarification and coordination of outreach regarding Board of Oil and Gas Form 22

This resolution was brought forward by Roosevelt Conservation District, and resolves that MACD work with the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation to amend the wording on the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation Form 22 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; and that MACD 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. Full Text

Updates to this resolution: Form 22 has been updated as a result of this resolution. DNRC conducted a presentation in 2016 at a meeting of oil and gas practitioners.


Resolution 15-3, Use Local Ecological Knowledge to Incorporate Predation Concerns Into Ecological Restoration for Endangered Species

This resolution was brought forward by Valley County Conservation District, and resolves that MACD work with the Sage Grouse Oversight Committee to address the impacts of predation on sage grouse populations, that MACD encourage the use of “local ecological knowledge” in assessing population impacts, and that MACD encourage the MSGOT to address all impacts to sage grouse populations. Full Text

Updates to this resolution: This resolution was passed onto the NACD Convention where it was passed with amendments and incorporated into NACD policy objectives. MACD continues to attend and monitor Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Committee meetings to identify further ways in which this resolution can be incorporated into state efforts.

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Resolution 14-1, Endangered Species Prey  Preservation

This resolution was submitted by Rosebud Conservation District and resolves that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourage the Federal government to add an addendum to the Endangered species act that requires preservation of prey for listed endangered predators. Full Text


Resolution 14-2, Oppose Continuous Grazing on Federal Lands

This resolution was submitted by Phillips Conservation District and resolves that MACD oppose continuous, year-round grazing on federal lands in Montana, with the exception of smaller unfenced parcels that are managed accordingly by the permit holder. Full Text


Resolution 14-3, Recognition of Local Ecological Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

This resolution was submitted by Garfield Conservation District, and resolves that MACD support the development of a Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) program in Conservation Districts and promote the value of local ecological knowledge to agencies and the importance of local support for conservation activities and management of public lands. Full Text

Similar Resolutions:

  • Resolution 15-3, Use Local Ecological Knowledge to Incorporate Predation Concerns Into Ecological Restoration for Endangered Species

Resolution 14-4, Supporting Collaboration and Communication among Agencies and Local Entities

This resolution was submitted by Petroleum County Conservation District, and resolves that 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. Full Text


Resolution 14-5, Cooperation before Litigation in Natural Resource Conflicts

This resolution was submitted by Garfield Conservation District, and resolves 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.  Full Text

November 2014 Update:

1)    Copies of all resolutions with a cover letter were sent to the directors of DNRC, DEQ, and FWP. In addition, copies were sent to the Governor’s Office and the EQC.

2)    Copies were sent to each member of the Congressional Delegation and their staff. Resolutions were also discussed by the delegation to Washington, D.C. during March 2013.

3)    Individual actions are noted at the end of each resolution.

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