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


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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16-05: Pollinator Outreach

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that NACD and MACD continue their support of Pollinator projects, through:

Educational and outreach materials with specific emphasis on the relationship between pollinators and agriculture;
Funding for habitat establishment, monitoring, and restoration;
Development of ideas and templates for pollinator projects;
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD encourage collaboration with other agencies and organizations to further develop local and regional plans for pollinator habitat enhancement; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD encourages individual Conservation Districts to include pollinator projects in their annual goal setting.

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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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16-01: Support for Conservation District Water Reservations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, 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.

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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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15-01: Clarification and coordination of 310 and floodplain permitting

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) work with DNRC to develop an amendment to the floodplain rules allowing an exemption from engineering requirements for such stabilization projects.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD work with DNRC to provide outreach to floodplain administrators and conservation districts about the appropriate timing of the permitting process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD work with DNRC to find solutions to the engineering requirements and permitting delays.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, if deemed necessary, MACD pursue legislative action to change floodplain statutes to address these concerns.

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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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14-03: Recognition of Local Ecological Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts 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.

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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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13-11: Montana Conservation Practices Month

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana CDs and Watershed Groups work to establish August as Montana Conservation Promotion Month starting August 2014. Participants will work with Montana Association of Conservation Districts and Montana Watershed Coordination Council to develop marketing materials (press release, logo, etc) and promote their own local event. Participants agree to organize and host a tour of a successful project or program in their area during the year.

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