EQC votes to move forward with draft bill for conservation district funding

MACD has continued to work on a long-term funding solution for conservation districts. At the July 19th meeting of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC), the Council voted to move forward with the draft bill on conservation district funding. This draft bill – which can be found in the legislative report title ‘Eroding Funds: HJ27 Study […]

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MACD Budget Proposal for Districts presented during May EQC Meeting

MACD Executive Director Rebecca Boslough-King presented a proposal for CD Funding at the most recent Environmental Quality Council (EQC) meeting. The budget focuses on funding for districts to be able to have base operational budgets of $80,000 – $100,000. The EQC voted to put $6 million of total funding towards conservation districts in the draft […]

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CD presentations at upcoming legislative interim committees

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will meet May 17th at 18th. You can find the agenda and meeting materials on the WPIC webpage. Agenda items include: Flathead CD’s SJ 28 – Study of Erosion on the Flathead River, Test Flows from Fort Peck Dam, including a presentation from the Missouri River Conservation District Council […]

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Discussion on CD Funding options during Environmental Quality Council (EQC) on 3/22

HJ27 is on the Agenda for March 22nd at 10:30am in room 317 at the Capitol. The meeting can also be watched live at this link, and a recording will be available after on Leg.mt.gov. As part of HJ27 ‘A Bill to Study Conservation District Funding‘ the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will review a list […]

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NACD and MACD Applaud increased conservation efforts in Omnibus

The fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations package, which includes considerable increases to conservation investment, was signed into law Friday by President Biden. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) applauds both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as President Biden, for recognizing the importance of conservation and environmental protection programs […]

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March 16th: Panel on statewide erosion and statewide boating issues with representatives from several conservation districts

This panel is taking place within the Water Quality Interim Committee (WPIC) of the state legislature. Time: 10am Where to watch: https://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00309/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20220315/-1/43765 (A recording will also be available after) WPIC meeting materials and info here: https://www.leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/wpic/meeting-info/  Statewide Erosion and Boating Issues Panelists: Jeff Ryan, Lewis and Clark Conservation District (LCCD)  Karl Christians, Missouri River Conservation District Council and LCCD […]

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Highlights from the 2021 Legislative Session

As MACD and our members continue working on our two study bills (HJ27 -CD Funding Study and SJ28 – Study of Erosion on the Flathead River) in the Interim Session and preparing for the 2023 Legislative Session, it’s worth taking a look back at all the successes of the 2021 Session: 2021 Legislative Session Overview […]

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NACD issue papers available

NACD’s issue papers reflect the NACD’s board-adopted positions on key conservation policy priorities for this and previous fiscal years. Click the link below for issue papers on appropriations, forestry and wildfire, climate change, and wildlife management.

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NACD passes resolution on 30×30

30×30 is a national goal to conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030 that was included in President Biden’s Executive Order 14008 under Section 216a (text included below). Additionally, the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report called ‘America the Beautiful.’ There is additional information from the DOI on the 30×30 conservation goal […]

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Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC): March 15th and 16th A panel of CD’s will give a presentation on river erosion issues on the 16th at 10:30am as part of SJ28 – A study of erosion on the Flathead River. The agenda and meeting materials should be posted on the WPIC webpage shortly. (Read more on […]

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