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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. www.swcdm.org

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

Seeking Executive Director

Seeking Executive Director

The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is currently seeking to hire an Executive Director. Depending on the experience, talents, and needs of the successful candidate, this position could be…

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MACD Minutes August 2019 *DRAFT*

The MACD Board of Directors met for their regular meeting via conference call on August 12, 2019. Topics discussed during the meeting included area meetings and convention planning updates, update…

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Seeking Executive Director

The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is currently seeking to hire an Executive Director. Depending on the experience, talents, and needs of the successful candidate, this position could be…

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The Montana Conservationist August 22

Welcome to the August edition of The Montana Conservationist. In this issue: The Prairie Populist has been doing an excellent job covering the work of Conservation Districts. In this recent…

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New District Dues Structure Proposal

MACD DISTRICT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE DUES PROPOSAL August 2019 View the spreadsheet of the proposed changes here: MACD Dues Structure Proposal Spreadsheet - sort by cd EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The issue of…

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Operation Reach Out

Operation Reach Out At the August 12 MACD board meeting, we discussed ways to keep in better touch with districts.  Jeff Tiberi prepared an idea (that got started with a meeting he had…

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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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