AMENDED WHEREAS The Montana Conservation Districts are mandated by statute (75-15-102 MCA) to protect the soils, water, citizens, and economic base of Montana; and WHEREAS, Montana is a large state…Read full resolution
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…Read full resolution
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(This resolution was withdrawn during the District Operations Committee, as it is the same as resolution 20-01) WHEREAS the 58 Conservation Districts formed a State Association in the 1940’s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…Read full resolution
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…Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.Read full resolution
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.
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.Read full resolution