11-06: Montana Irrigation Water

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts contacts the Governor to support a continuation of the suspension of point of diversion rules for the 2012 irrigation year.

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11-05: Land & Water Conservation Fund

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Conservation Districts of Montana oppose funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for land acquisition and that the fund is used for maintenance.

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10-06: Resolution to Revise Law Regarding the Appointment of Urban Supervisors

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing, the supervisors may  to adopt a resolution changing the structure of the board to include five elected supervisors and two supervisors appointed by incorporated municipalities within conservation district boundaries to represent urban interests, when only part of an incorporated city is within the conservation district boundaries.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, it further resolved, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation allowing the municipalities to appoint urban supervisors that live within the district boundaries but not necessarily within the city limits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts pursue legislation that the two urban supervisors appointed will represent all the municipalities within the Districts.

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10-01: Protection of Private Property Rights

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) formally requests that federal, state and local agencies that control and manage public lands do so in a manner that protects the resource base and property rights of adjacent private lands utilizing the experience and knowledge of local land owners, conservation districts, and other local agency range management specialists.

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09-06: Declaring the Month of June “Rangeland Awareness Month”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the month of June be designated Rangeland Awareness Month.

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09-04: Government Programs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts take the necessary measures to ensure our USDA Programs continue and address the needs of the producer/landowner in limiting how much personal information is needed for USDA Programs and end the repeated information process when applying for one/all Conservation Program(s).

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08-06: MOU with Regional and/or State USFWS Offices

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts write and execute an MOU with the appropriate regional and/or state USFWS office to establish a framework for Conservation Districts to work with local USFWS offices in Montana.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MACD pursue and support state legislation and Congressional action urging the USFWS to manage the CMR in a manner that identifies and addresses local needs, follows the enabling legislation that established the refuge, and dovetails with the local CD’s conservation work.

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08-02: Operational Funding For Conservation Districts

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that conservation districts unite to address this critical funding issue, create a commission/committee/task force of district representatives from across the state who shall be empowered to work with a variety of individual, agency and organizational staff, along with MACD to research the funding problems of the Montana districts and study the operational and funding sources of districts in other states across the United States.   The committee shall be instructed to develop a goal-oriented plan highlighting ideas/strategies to re-organize and re-fund districts (including legislatively) in Montana in such a way as to provide a basic operational foundation for each district, and more equilateral distribution of funding so as to be able to employ qualified, long-term staff, offer realistic wages and benefits and attract people whose interest and hearts are devoted to the ideals of the conservation movement.

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07-02: Support for Keeping Treasure & Sanders County FSA Office

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) engage the assistance of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and actively join in the effort to keep the Treasure & Sanders County FSA office open for service to the producers and to the community.

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06-08: Conservation District Associate Supervisor Representation on Planning Boards

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts research and move forward in proposing legislation to change the law to allow the Conservation Districts the authority to appoint an associate supervisor to serve in the same capacity as a supervisor on planning boards which conservation districts are authorized to participate on.

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06-06: Establish Conservation Districts as a Liaison between State and Federal Government Agencies and Concerned Citizens

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts take the necessary measures to establish Conservation Districts as a liaison between concerned citizens and resident government agencies — including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Bureau of Land Management, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers — to address weed control, fire suppression, access, wildlife management, range management, water supply, water quality and other areas of concern that exist or may arise.

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