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.
Resolutions are drafted and approved by a local Conservation District prior to September 1 each year. The resolution then travels to the respective annual Area meeting, held in September/October, where it is deliberated by the Conservation Districts of that area.
If the resolution passes the area meeting, it then moves to the MACD Annual Convention in November. At the convention, it is assigned to a committee, which considers the resolution and then recommends a motion of “Pass” or “Do Not Pass” for the full membership body. The final step is a vote by the full membership during the general session at Convention.
If a resolution passes before the full membership of MACD, it then becomes part of the policies and/or workplan for MACD legislative and advocacy activities. If the resolution has national or federal agency implications, it is sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts for consideration during their annual convention, held in January of each year.
The full resolution process is described in MACD’s Resolution Procedural Policy.
The MACD Committees have been reviewing resolutions older than five years. Recommendations from committees and sponsoring districts are available here: 2021 Resolution Review. (Please note that the Water Resources Committee resolutions will be reviewed at a later date). These recommendations will be discussed at Area Meetings and voted on at the 2021 Annual Convention.
20-07: Requesting the Montana Legislature stop basin adjudications by the Montana Water Court until the vested surface stockwater rights are adequately addressed in the Montana Water Use Act
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 the Montana Legislature passed the Montana Water Use Act (Act) in 1973 which changed established historic…Read full resolution
WHEREAS the Pallid Sturgeon is one of the rarest fishes in North America (Kallemeyn, 1983) and was federally listed as endangered in 1990 decline by isolating pallid sturgeon populations, altering flow regimes, and reducing habitat; The Pallid Sturgeon is known…Read full resolution
20-05: A resolution to have MACD and NACD work nationally on a coordinated program for AIS prevention.
WHEREAS the Zebra and Quagga Mussels are progressing into Montana waterways ; and WHEREAS an aquatic invasive species introduction into Montana would have a significant impact on Montana waters; and WHEREAS a coordinated national approach would benefit all participating States;…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 name of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana…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 a 501(c)(4) and formed a second association to hold property…Read full resolution
WHEREAS: The lower Flathead River in Flathead County is bordered by a substantial privately-owned lands of agricultural, ecological, and economic importance; and WHEREAS: Recreational use of the Flathead River has increased; and WHEREAS: Many landowners and agricultural producers have recently…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 a 501(c)(3); and WHEREAS: The existence of two entities creates…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: the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) requests the Montana Congressional Delegation to work with DOI to amend the funding ratio and procure funding to modernize the system before its failure.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: To also procure funding to modernize the system before its failure, starting with the diversion dam.Read full resolution
19-06: Requesting the BLM Deny the American Prairie Reserve Proposal to Remove Interior Fences and Graze Bison/Buffalo Year Round
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) strongly opposes the APR’s request to ignore over 80 years of proven grazing management success and their proposal to implement practices that have been proven to be disastrous to the natural resources; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the MACD requests the BLM to protect the soil, water, economy and livelihoods in our districts by conducting an EIS that will address the concerns of our constituents.Read full resolution
19-05: Requesting the BLM Complete an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement Concerning Its Filing on Pre-Existing Water Rights
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts considers the filing of water rights by the BLM to be a major agency action that meets the requirements spelled out in NEPA and FLPMA and demand the BLM initiate the review process.Read full resolution
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) requests the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to declare the wolf a predator in eastern Montana.Read full resolution
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts notify our Congressional Senators and Representative that MACD requests their support to secure federal ratification of the CSKT Compact, thereby providing protection for State-based water users on and off the Reservation, making water available for future development and providing certainty for all parties.Read full resolution
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is to work with the: 1) Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation on an easement development education/outreach project, 2) Montana Weed Control Association, Montana Association of Counties, & other partners, as appropriate, to inform them of Conservation District issues, & 3) Montana Invasive Species Council regarding their potential review of Invasive Species Law.Read full resolution