February 18, 2016
Conservation Districts— The relocation of Yellowstone Park Bison has been a topic of concern for some Conservation Districts. Recently, The National Park Service released an Environmental Assessment (EA) to develop a bison quarantine facility on the Fort Peck Reservation. MACD submitted the following comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed facility: YNP_BisonRelocationComments (PDF). Additionally, the Montana […]
February 10, 2016
This is the fifth policy update this year. All of us remember our high school civics classes where we learned about the three branches of government. They were designed to check and review and critique the actions and efforts of each other. At the federal level, the Judicial Branch yesterday asked the Executive Branch to […]
February 8, 2016
I read the link (below) and thought about the similarities we have with the conservation districts in many Western states. Many of the same words in the article have been heard in Montana – best kept secret, election process, lack of funding, etc. MACD continues to try to raise awareness with both members of the […]
February 2, 2016
This item is a follow up on a previous email sent to you about the CSKT Water Compact and the District Court. I heard that there were questions about the lawsuit. Only one case remains in state court concerning this Compact.
January 26, 2016
Administrators and Board of Directors: This is the third policy update of 2016. Former Montana Senator Alan Olson has been named the new Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association(MPA).
January 22, 2016
Administrators and Board of Directors: This is my second policy update for 2016. The sage grouse issue continues to unfold and develop before our eyes. As I recently reported to you, the state program is up and running and making progress.
January 18, 2016
We had an interesting week in Helena, with both the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) and the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) (EQC and Water Policy) in town for their regularly scheduled meetings. These two often meet during the same week because of the relatedness of the issues and staffing efficiencies. Click the links to learn more about them […]
December 10, 2015
MACD’s Policy Director, Jeff Tiberi, is a member of the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. This allows Jeff and the committee to provide independent advice that assists EPA in developing a stronger partnership with local governments and building state and local capacity to deliver environmental services and programs. This makes Jeff a very important voice for Conservation […]
November 16, 2015
Below please find a link to the PDF of the draft meeting minutes from August’s MACD board conference call. The board discussed changes to the SWCDM board structure, dues discrepancies, and arrangements for the annual convention. 8_24_minutes
October 20, 2015
Montana FWP’s proposal to reintroduce “wild and free roaming” bison has been a topic of much discussion amongst the conservation districts. In 2013, a resolution was passed that declares MACD “opposed to free roaming wild buffalo or bison.” (See Resolution 13-03). Therefore, MACD found it within our duties to submit comments on FWP proposed Environmental […]