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Conservation Districts Convention Nov. 15-17


The fifty-eight Conservation Districts from across the State of Montana will be meeting in Sidney November 15-17 to discuss the state’s water and soil issues along with the other renewable natural resources. Conservation districts were formed in the 1930s in response to severe erosion problems of the “Dust Bowl” days. Montana’s 58 conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the state, governed by a board of five elected supervisors and in some cases two appointed urban supervisors. This collective group of Supervisors and District Administrators make up the members of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the MACD Employees Organization.

Convention attendees will set policy for the coming legislative year, discuss issues pertaining to the natural resources and learn about new conservation opportunities. The breakout sessions topics planned for the event include a Bison Policy update, the Yellowstone River Conservation District Council information now available on the state library and an Invasive Species Panel with discussion on biological control of weeds and the aquatic invasive species. Legislative hot topics and the newly formed Montana Rangeland partnership will be highlighted. Tours of the Intake Diversion, Sidney Sugars, Northern Plains Ag Research Lab and Confluence are also planned. The Employees organization has fun “Night at the Museum” planned at the Mon-Dak Heritage Center on Wednesday evening. The convention will end with an awards banquet on Thursday evening.

Our partners in Conservation, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will also be holding their State Technical Meeting here in Sidney prior to the convention on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Our state partner, the Department of Natural Resource and Conservation- Conservation and Resource Development Division will also be taking part in the convention.

This is the first time the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) Annual Convention will be held in our area and we are excited to showcase eastern Montana. Please help us welcome our Conservation family to Sidney.

Special thanks to the Sidney Tourism Business Improvement District for their generous grant to help make it possible to host the convention in Sidney.


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