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


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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10-02: Water Reservation for Other than Agriculture Uses

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts encourages the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to assist conservation districts in their efforts to promote beneficial use of Montana’s waters through the change in appropriation right process to allow use of conservation district reserved water for purposes other than agriculture.

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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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09-12: 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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09-11: Cooperation With Montana Association of Realtors

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work with the Montana Association of Realtors to include a disclosure outlining the 310 law and riparian protection in the model Buy/Sell Agreement.

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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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09-08: Montana Monitoring Funding

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts aggressively pursues additional funding to support existing Montana USGS gauging stations and additional funding for the expansion of the Montana monitoring program.

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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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09-06: 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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09-05: Supporting Off-Stream Water Storage

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD will support and encourage Districts in any possible off-stream storage projects in this area.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the MACD will do all in its power to encourage state agencies and state government to help with funding of such projects.

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09-04: Government Programs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts take the necessary measures to ensure our USDA Programs continue and address the needs of the producer/landowner in limiting how much personal information is needed for USDA Programs and end the repeated information process when applying for one/all Conservation Program(s).

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09-02: Opposition to S.787, Clean Water Restoration Act

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Clean Water Act will remain as is with the term Navigable waters.

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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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08-09: Revising the Cooperative Watershed Management Act of 2008, Senate Bill 3085, As Proposed by Senator Jon Tester

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities to:

Revise the bill to require that the program is administered in close cooperation with state Conservation District associations to ensure that rural western states, such as Montana, are equally represented.  
Expand the scope of the CWMA to include the array of natural resource issues that CDs and watershed groups are grappling with throughout Montana and the arid west.
Provide recognition of existing organizational structures including Conservation Districts, and CD-support organizations such as MACD and CARDD.  

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