Special Meeting MINUTES: June 25thth 2014
State Conservation Districts began forming at the request of President Roosevelt in 1937 after Congress unanimously declared soil and water conservation a national policy priority. The 1930's financial disaster of the Great Depression, followed by the ecological disaster of the Dust Bowl, then the sustained drought in the Great Plains brought about this action.
The main function of GMCD is to promote conservation of natural resources. The primary activity of the board is to administer Montana’s Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act, also known as the "310 Law." It is a state law which requires that any person planning to work on or near a perennial stream or river on private or public land must first obtain a 310 Permit from the local conservation district. 2010 GMCD Annual Plan. Green Mountain Conservation District, Trout Creek, Montana.
The purpose of the 310 Law is to insure that projects will be carried out in ways that are not damaging to the stream or to adjoining landowners by following Construction and Design Guidelines. As of July, 2008, there are two new forms for applicants: Instructions and Joint Application Form. We have also included a Sample of a Properly Completed 310 Application.
GMCD rents a Tye No-Till Drill ("Pasture Pleaser") to help Sanders County residents re-seed pastures. This tool delivers extremely accurate seed metering and precise placement in a 7 foot wide path with optimum soil-to-seed contact for maximum yields. Charges to use this valuable tool are $6.00 per acre seeded plus a $25.00 maintenance fee. Click here to view the GMCD No-Till Drill Agreement. GMCD also has a "Gopher Getter" as well. Call the office for availability.\
Sanders County Water Festival, co-sponsored by GMCD, ESCD
and Avista, was celebrated for the
sixth consecutive year last October at the
Another role of GMCD is to sponsor grant-funded projects, within Lower Clark Fork River Drainage (see map), to assist in forming and operating the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group. Cooperative planning, development, and implementation of watershed restoration projects takes place. In turn, stream banks/habitats, riparian/wetland health, and non-point pollution conditions are improved. There are 7 watersheds within the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group: Bull River, Elk Creek, Rock Creek, Pilgrim Creek, Trout Creek, Whitepine Creek, and Prospect Creek.
Who Must Apply |
310 Applications and Forms
Sample of Completed 310 | Construction
and Design Guidelines
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