Montana has 58 conservation districts, but the Madison Conservation District (MCD) recently joined a list of a dozen or fewer to put a strategic plan in place.
“As a conservation district, we have a really broad scope that covers a lot of natural resource areas,” says Water Programs Manager and board chairman Ethan Kunard. “The goal was to define what the conservation district’s focus should be. What are our values and our vision?”
Kunard says the conservation district is in a position to be a community leader and mediator, facilitating some of those unpleasant yet necessary conversations where differing values may clash, such as balancing conservation and recreation, or development and agriculture. But with the right approach, different ideas can be brought together for the betterment of the community, the environment and the economy all at once.