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Conservation Districts

Montana’s conservation districts partner with private landowners to keep our land and water healthy for the next generation. Led and staffed by locals, conservation districts champion balanced conservation solutions for those that they serve.

Conservation districts (CDs) are local units of government with missions that vary with the use and resource concerns of their area. In addition to many unique programs offered by individual districts, all 58 conservation districts administer stream (310) permitting in their area. Many conservation districts are also involved with watershed planning, aquatic invasive species prevention, pollinator habitat, soil health programming, and more.

Montana Association of Conservation Districts

The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing and supporting Montana’s conservation districts through advocacy, programs, partnership building, and more.

For [set dynamically] years, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts has been contributing to the success of districts across Montana. Created in 1942, MACD is governed by a statewide Board of Directors, who simultaneously serve as district supervisors in their own districts. In order to carry out the specific directives of the Board, MACD maintains an office and staff in Helena.


The Montana Conservationist

The Montana Conservationist is MACD’s quarterly publication about the work of Montana’s conservation districts and their partners. To get the latest issue sent to your inbox, signup for our newsletter.

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Find Your District


MACD has a collection of resources for districts, partners, and landowners. To submit a resource, please email your suggestion to and we will find a place for it on our website.

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Resource Hubs

Soil & Water Conservation Resource Hub

MACD's hub for all soil and water related resources.

Featured Resources

Outreach packet for upcoming Montana Soil Health Week for the first week in April.

Information and outreach packet for upcoming Stewardship Week and Poster Contest.

Canva Pro subscription for districts.

Flickr library of photos for districts to use.

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