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.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD requests the Montana Legislature to impose a moratorium restricting the state from purchasing any more privately owned land in the state and removing it from the tax rolls.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 to amend the funding ratio and procure funding to modernize the system before its failure.Read full resolution
NOW BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD reduce its board of directors from 18 to 12.Read full resolution
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD adopt rules to allow for resolutions from the floor at annual conventions if the need arises.Read full resolution
19-06: Requesting the BLM Deny the American Prairie Reserve Proposal to Remove Interior Fences and Graze Bison/Buffalo Year Round *DRAFT*
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 *DRAFT*
REQUESTING THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT CONCERNING ITS FILING ON PRE-EXISTING WATER RIGHTS WHEREAS, The Montana Conservation Districts are mandated by statue (75-15-102 MCA) to protect the soils, water, citizens, and…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 Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is to work with the Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation to develop a framework to better address internal organizational issues such as personnel conflicts and performance issues.
The recommendations from this task may include the creation of some sort of Personnel Committee(s). Any recommendation(s) would be presented to the Districts for their consideration in time for adoption at the 2020 MACD Spring Board meeting.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 the Montana Association of Conservation Districts shall amend the Articles of Incorporation from a 501(c)(4) to a 501(c)(3).
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts shall amend its Corporate by-laws to reflect the Articles of Incorporation.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
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) help facilitate informational workshops with County Weed Boards as requested by Conservation Districts regarding these invasive grass species in order to educate the public on how to identify and differentiate these weed species from other grasses on their ag lands, and provide education on control methods for these species.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