WHEREAS, in MCA 76-15-102, it states: “Declaration of Policy. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to provide for the conservation of soil and soil resources of this state, for the control and prevention of soil erosion, for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and for furthering the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water and thereby to preserve natural resources, protect the tax base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state.”,
WHEREAS, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge has identified in their conservation plan to eliminate 215 reservoirs on the CMR Refuge (Draft CCP and EIS, Charles M. Russell, pg.178).
WHEREAS, the reservoirs on the CMR Refuge provide critical habitat for wildlife and livestock,
WHEREAS, the reservoirs are more critical during periods of drought,
WHEREAS, the removal of the CMR reservoirs will result in loss of grazing distribution for both wildlife and livestock,
WHEREAS, these reservoirs protect soil and prevent flooding,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Conservation Districts of Montana oppose the removal of any reservoirs on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.