WHEREAS, the USDA enrolls producers to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve water quality, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat.
WHEREAS, CRP protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the nation’s natural resources.
WHEREAS, by reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.
WHEREAS, crested wheatgrass and smooth brome grass stabilize soils in extremely environmentally sensitive areas where other adapted grass species are not available.
WHEREAS, destroying existing stands of crested wheatgrass and smooth brome grass exposes these environmentally sensitive areas to soil erosion and water runoff.
WHEREAS, destroying existing stands of crested wheatgrass and smooth brome grass renders these environmentally sensitive areas vulnerable to invasion by noxious weeds.
WHEREAS, the cost to the government and producer to continually plant and replant, in some cases for five years of a ten-year contract, to replace previously existing ground cover of crested wheatgrass and smooth brome grass, is excessive.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) request the Montana Farm Service Agency to allow existing stands of crested wheatgrass, smooth brome grass and Kentucky bluegrass in environmentally sensitive areas of CRP to earn enough points to stay in “as is” as resource-conserving grasses with some wildlife value.