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.


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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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06-10: Request the United States Congress to Remove Hidden Pasture Creek Wilderness Study Areas from Wilderness Study Designation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts be in favor of and pledge its support for these groups requesting, during the next session of the United States Congress, that the Hidden Pasture Creek WSA number MT-076-022 be removed from any further wilderness study designation.

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06-08: Conservation District Associate Supervisor Representation on Planning Boards

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts research and move forward in proposing legislation to change the law to allow the Conservation Districts the authority to appoint an associate supervisor to serve in the same capacity as a supervisor on planning boards which conservation districts are authorized to participate on.

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06-07: Water Supply Systems

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, storage required should be made on a case by case scenario, based on the reliability of the systems and time of year the systems will be used.

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

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.

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06-04: DEQ Stormwater Permits for Agricultural Operations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the MACD seeks an exemption with DEQ for agricultural related storm water discharge permit fees.

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06-03: Landowner Input on Elk Hunting Seasons

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD shall support and assist in the development of procedures, & policy that would support the idea that FW&P include landowners input from each local area before seasons are structured.

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06-02: Establishing Consistent Enforcement of AFO and CAFO Rules

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that rules by DEQ need to be consistent and once compliance is reached, further rules will not be enforced on the AFO or CAFO.

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06-01: Administrative Penalties for 310 Violations

THEREFORE BE IT 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 2007 Legislative Assembly, if necessary—to clarify that the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (SB-310 Law) allows Conservation to assess administrative penalties.

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05-01: Development of a Team to Establish Guidelines for Implementing HB 572

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts take the lead in bringing together all needed agencies and districts to develop an area wide guideline for the implementation of HB 572.

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