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 Process Document.


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09-02: Opposition to S.787, Clean Water Restoration Act

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Clean Water Act will remain as is with the term Navigable waters.

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09-01: Allowing practice payments on watering facilities in cropland through the Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop specifications and policy within the scope of the FOTG that will allow NRCS planners with appropriate job approval to plan and allow the cost sharing of these practices on cropland when there is a natural resource benefit to do so.

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08-09: Revising the Cooperative Watershed Management Act of 2008, Senate Bill 3085, As Proposed by Senator Jon Tester

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities to:

Revise the bill to require that the program is administered in close cooperation with state Conservation District associations to ensure that rural western states, such as Montana, are equally represented.  
Expand the scope of the CWMA to include the array of natural resource issues that CDs and watershed groups are grappling with throughout Montana and the arid west.
Provide recognition of existing organizational structures including Conservation Districts, and CD-support organizations such as MACD and CARDD.  

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08-08: Opposition to H.R. 2421

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD opposes the legislation as currently written but would work toward finding an alternative acceptable to Montana Conservation Districts.

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08-07: Readopt Resolution 22 From 1989

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD readopts resolution twenty-two from 1989, only changing Department of State Lands to Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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08-06: MOU with Regional and/or State USFWS Offices

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts write and execute an MOU with the appropriate regional and/or state USFWS office to establish a framework for Conservation Districts to work with local USFWS offices in Montana.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MACD pursue and support state legislation and Congressional action urging the USFWS to manage the CMR in a manner that identifies and addresses local needs, follows the enabling legislation that established the refuge, and dovetails with the local CD’s conservation work.

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08-05: Charging An Inspection Fee to Administer the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act of 1975

DID NOT PASS. NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities – including the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Conservation District Bureau and/or the 2009 Legislative Assembly to clarify that the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act allows Conservation Districts to charge an inspection fee for administrative purposes.  

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08-04: Control of Houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Conservation Districts in Montana request that the state and federal agencies work to facilitate obtaining a biologic control for suppression of houndstongue in the state of Montana.

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08-03: Resolutions Opposing Split State Status for the Management of Brucellosis in the State of Montana

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD encourage Governor Schweitzer to sign the Memorandum of Understanding directing the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee to address the root of the brucellosis problem; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the MACD encourages all signatories of the Interagency Bison Management Plan to fully implement the plan to prevent the spread of brucellosis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that MACD opposes other action that may facilitate the spread of the disease prior to implementation of Interagency Bison Management Plan.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts stand opposed to the implementation of split state status on the livestock producers of Montana for the management of brucellosis.

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08-02: Operational Funding For Conservation Districts

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that conservation districts unite to address this critical funding issue, create a commission/committee/task force of district representatives from across the state who shall be empowered to work with a variety of individual, agency and organizational staff, along with MACD to research the funding problems of the Montana districts and study the operational and funding sources of districts in other states across the United States.   The committee shall be instructed to develop a goal-oriented plan highlighting ideas/strategies to re-organize and re-fund districts (including legislatively) in Montana in such a way as to provide a basic operational foundation for each district, and more equilateral distribution of funding so as to be able to employ qualified, long-term staff, offer realistic wages and benefits and attract people whose interest and hearts are devoted to the ideals of the conservation movement.

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08-01: INCREASED COOPERATION BETWEEN DEQ & CDs

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD and DEQ work together to set up a MOU or other process that can be tailored to fit individual districts.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that cooperation shall include timely notification, inclusion of Conservation District’s Representatives in all field visits. Also included will be mutual sharing of all data, both CD and DEQ generated.

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07-04: Continued Funding for MSU Programs

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, along with the Rangeland Resources Executive Committee support the continued funding of the Undaunted Stewardship Program, Montana Sheep Institute and the Skeen Institute are essential programs to the state of Montana, which assist ranchers in improving management practices and innovative ideas in agriculture.

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07-03: Requiring Transportation Corridors to Accommodate Landowners Who Need to Move Water

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that transportation corridors are required in order to accommodate water users who need to move water for Agricultural and Municipal uses.  MACD is directed to work with Montana Department of Transportation, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Department of Agriculture and other appropriate entities/agencies to alleviate problems with moving water through or under current road and rail ways and encourage the use of Montana’s waters for Agricultural and Municipal uses.

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07-02: Support for Keeping Treasure & Sanders County FSA Office

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) engage the assistance of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and actively join in the effort to keep the Treasure & Sanders County FSA office open for service to the producers and to the community.

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07-01: Wildfire Management

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts at its November 14, 2007 annual meeting urges the Forest Service, Congress and the President of the United States to consider a revised policy which includes immediate suppression of fires in a watershed drainage in drought years.

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