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Working together for Local, Common Sense Conservation

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

A 501(c)3 organization. SWCDM supports Montana’s Conservation Districts through supplemental program support and technical assistance.

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

November 16 2018 Minutes

November 16 2018 Minutes

The MACD Board of Directors met in person on November 16, 2018, after the annual convention. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the convention and any comments, compliments,…

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November 2018 Minutes

The MACD Board of Directors met in person on November 13, 2018 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Topics discussed at the meeting included the monthly financial statement, approval…

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Forests in Focus 2.0

In September Governor Steve Bullock unveiled a new strategy titled Forests in Focus 2.0: A Cross-Boundary Collaborative Approach to address pressing needs in forest management across ownership boundaries. “Montana is…

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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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