20-04: A resolution to approve a set of bylaws for the new MACD

WHEREAS The Montana Association of Conservation Districts will be dissolved on January 1, 2021 and its assets conveyed to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana; and WHEREAS the name of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana…

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20-03: A resolution to combine the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(c)(4) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, a (501(c)(3).

(This resolution was withdrawn during the District Operations Committee, as it is the same as resolution 20-01) WHEREAS the 58 Conservation Districts formed a State Association in the 1940’s as a 501(c)(4) and formed a second association to hold property…

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20-01: Combine the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(c)(4) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, a (501(c)(3).

WHEREAS: The 58 Conservation Districts formed a State Association in the 1940’s as a 501(c)(4) and formed a second association to hold property and manage programs in the 1970’s as a 501(c)(3); and WHEREAS: The existence of two entities creates…

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19-11: Ensure That Counties Distribute PILT Funds

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  The MACD requests the Montana Association of Counties (MACO) to correct this oversight and assure that PILT funds are distributed in the same manner as the property taxes they replace.

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19-10: Acquire PILT Funds for US Reacquired Reservation Lands

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD requests the Montana Congressional Delegation to focus their attention on acquiring PILT funding to counties for reservation lands as well.

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18-01: Reinstating 310 Administration Program Funding

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) be directed to coordinate possible solutions to reinstate funding the 310 permit application process that is vital to many conservation districts within Montana to serve the public as mandated by law.

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14-04: Supporting Collaboration and Communication among Agencies and Local Entities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) contact and encourage the development of memoranda of understanding (MOU’s) among the agencies, colleges and research teams, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and conservation districts to encourage collaboration, cooperation and communication among NGO’s, state and federal agencies with local people such as producers, field office staff, district staff and supervisors, and county commissioners.

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14-05: Cooperation before Litigation in Natural Resource Conflicts

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts seek legislation requiring that all organizations, agencies, and individuals bringing litigation to contest natural resource management on public lands in Montana, be required to provide proof that they have worked through the local Conservation Districts and watershed groups and exhausted all efforts to find a workable solution for the sustainability of the land,  the wildlife, and the communities that are economically, culturally, and socially dependent on that land.  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts work closely with NRCS, Montana State University Extension, DNRC  and other agencies or seek funding for private consultation to aid with the technical support required for finding solutions.

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13-10: Conservation District Group Benefit Plan

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation District, in consultation with the Conservation Districts Bureau, Conservation & Resource Development Division, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, develop legislation for the 2015 legislative assembly to adopt a specific law for codification in Title 15, chapter 10, part 4 and Title 76, chapter 15, Montana Code Annotated, to provide permanent funding of a group benefit plan for all conservation district employees by means of the conservation district’s annual regular levy.

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13–06: MACD Mitigation Banks

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts create a mitigation bank and/or create partnerships with other organizations that would be available to producers in Montana that need to do a project and can’t because of mitigation requirements.

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13–04: Increase Competitive Bidding Limitation on Conservation District Projects

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts sponsor a bill in the 2015 Montana Legislature to amend Montana Law to establish a minimum dollar amount exemption in the competitive bidding process for conservation districts consistent with the amount established for municipal governments.

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13-01: Notification and Participation of Conservation Districts in addressing Natural Resource Issues

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, related to State and Federal planning projects and their implementation that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts takes the necessary measures to promote and encourage active participation between conservation districts, governmental agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and concerned citizens who work cooperatively to address these issues.

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12-03: Supporting CD-based River Councils & Watershed Groups in Montana

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that MACD will

Provide direct fundraising support specifically targeting CD-based watershed groups and river councils in Montana.  
Develop and secure technical assistance program funding from DNRC that can be used by Conservation Districts to keep local watershed groups and river councils operational.
Make DNRC technical assistance program funding for CD-based watershed groups and river councils a priority item on MACD’s Montana legislative agenda.

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12-02: Fund Montana River Gauging Stations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD work to develop permanent funding from private, state and federal programs to pay for the maintenance of the existing and future gauging stations that have been or will be abandoned due to lack of funding.

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11-07: Conservation Districts and NRCS Office Space Resolution

WHEREAS, for more than 75 years the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), and local government Conservation Districts have worked as partners to conserve and protect the soils, water, and air of the United States; WHEREAS, this…

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