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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.

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About MACD

A 501(c)3 organization representing Montana’s Conservation Districts through advocacy, programs, partnership building, and more.

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.

Programs and Resources

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

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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 – February 2022

February's TMC features Flathead CD's Krause Creek Project and the 2022 Envirothon. As always, this TMC features upcoming events and funding, job opportunities, and much more
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Reports & Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes: April 11

The MACD Board met on April 11 to discuss topics including: Approval of FinancialsReview of SAMProposed changes to resolutions and committeesEvent UpdatesPartner ReportsCommittee ReportsLegislative and AdvocacyInterim Session UpdatePrograms and FundingExecutive…

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Executive Committee Meeting Minutes: April 25

The Executive Committee met on April 25 to discuss topics including: Incidental decisions Standing committee activity and assignmentsMembership for Board Committees (Executive, Finance, Board Development)Soil Corps Staff Update (Hiring process for Program…

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Subscribe to The Montana Conservationist

Subscribe to The Montana Conservationist, our quarterly newsletter with conservation news and resources from across the state and a little beyond.

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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