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

WHEREAS, Montana’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts have long been leaders in the conservation movement and can work cooperatively with other entities across governmental boundaries;

WHEREAS, Conservation Districts are working to provide on-the-ground resources for the fight against noxious weeds, fire prevention, fire suppression, fire rehabilitation and range management along with other issues that affect the well being and economic stability of rural communities;

WHEREAS, Conservation Districts are becoming involved in controversial issues that arise between private landowners and government entities;

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.