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Working together for Local, Common Sense Conservation

As of 2021, MACD and SWCDM have merged under MACD. All of the programs and resources offered through SWCDM are now offered through MACD. We ask for your patience as we update the content of our websites throughout this merger process, and will maintain some aspects of the SWCDM website while we work on building the new MACD website.

About MACD

A 501(c)4 organization. MACD supports Montana’s Conservation Districts through advocacy, partnership building, and more.

Programs and Resources

Working together for local, common sense conservation. We offer support for the 58 conservation districts across Montana.

We will be adding a programs and resources page to the MACD site in the future, for now, you can browse district programs at the Montana Conservation Menu, and at the old SWCDM website.

About Conservation Districts

Conservation districts are governmental subdivisions of the state with broad responsibility to carry out programs that conserve soil and water, protect streams and rivers, and improve wildlife habitat.

About Conservation Districts

What’s a Conservation District?

Conservation districts are units of local government designed to help citizens conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources. They were organized in the 1930s as a response to the “Dust Bowl” days.

The State of Montana passed legislation creating its conservation districts in 1939 to provide for local control of natural resource management programs and activities. Montana’s 58 conservation districts cover all counties and include more than 70 municipalities included within district boundaries.

In Montana, CDs have the additional responsibility of implementing the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act, also known as the 310 law. This law requires a permit from the local CD before any work is done in Montana’s waterways.

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News & Updates

Latest Issue of TMC

TMC – December 2021

The December issue of The Montana Conservationist features a story by the Sheridan County Conservation District about their aquifer monitoring program.
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Reports & Meeting Minutes

Programs Committee Meeting: January 18, 2022

On January 18, 2022 the MACD Programs Committee met to discuss topics including: Committee RestructuringStaggering TermsElection of OfficersNotes on Strategic & Operational PlansProgram Updates Minutes_1-18-22Download

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Board Meeting: January 10, 2022

The MACD Board met on January 10th, 2022 to discuss topics including: Previous Meeting Minutes and FinancialsConvention and Area MeetingsSoil Health SymposiumApproval of Strategic Plan and Operational PlanPartner and committee…

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Resolutions Library

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.

MACD has added resolutions from 2005 onward to this website. You can browse our resolutions library by clicking below.

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