2004 Resolutions

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Conservation Districts support DEQ’s budget request for TMDL implementation staff with the understanding that the appropriate number of staff are housed at DNRC to insure TMDL implantation is a cooperative effort.

 

CD Staff & Supervisors Ability to Access Existing Health Insurance Pools

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the necessary entities – including the 2005 Legislative Assembly – to secure the ability to CDs to access a reasonably priced health insurance plan. 

 

Grazing Lands

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts is directed to work with the Legislature to pass a new statute worded in such a way (i.e.”… the incumbent lessee can exercise his preference by meeting the high bid subject to the approval of the Board in its discretion as trustee”) that the Land Board can exercise its constitutionally-vested discretion while still encompassing the preference right on state land leasing decisions. 

 

Restoring the Funding for the Range Position

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with the appropriate entities to reinstate the state funding for a position at DNRC to assist the RREC in reaching their statutory responsibilities in protecting Montana’s rangeland. 

 

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) pursue the concept that each fiscal year as CRP contracts expire, individual counties could reserve 1-5% of the available cropland acreage each signup period for CRP Continuous Signup Practices before the 25% cap is reached. MACD should request this change in writing to the Montana Farm Service Agency and National FSA. In addition, MACD should ask for similar request letters specifically from the National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of Wheat Growers, Montana Grain Growers Association, and any other pertinent groups. 

[Rational for the range in 1-5% cap for Continuous Signup – allow each county to set the reserve percentage since the actual cropland acreage varies widely. Each county could decide the level based on the anticipated level of interest and acres of special concern that could be treated by Continuous Signup CRP. The 1-5% could change for each Signup in a similar way the Local Working Group allocates the county EQIP funds.

EXAMPLE in Hill County 1% would probably be adequate:  Hill County total cropland acres = 1,217,393 so 1% = 12,174 ac and 5% = 60,870 ac. In Petroleum County the 1% may be too low since total cropland acres = 98,372 so 1% = 983 ac and 5% = 4,919 ac]

 

St. Mary’s Diversion

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts support the efforts of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group to seek state and federal funding by contacting Montana’s Congressional delegation, Governor, Lt. Governor and DNRC Director in writing by January 2005, raising this issue in Washington, DC spring of 2005, and support State funding for the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group for the 2007 biennium in the upcoming legislative session. 

 

Open Meetings

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts work with DNRC and NRCS to develop:

1) Standards for disclosure of information provided to Districts concerning participation in Conservation Programs,

2) Forms that clarify to participants what information can be disclosed by NRCS and by Conservation Districts in reviewing participants’ conservation program activities,

3) Forms providing Districts with participant consent allowing Districts to discuss and disclose information. 

 

Area Meetings

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that MACD establish a sub-committee consisting of one supervisor and one administrator from each Area, and appropriate representation from MACD to develop and design a format to be presented for consideration at the 2005 MACD Convention.


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