Green Mountain
                 Conservation District

To Protect and Enhance the Natural Resources of the District and to Educate the Public about Natural Resource Concerns
"The Land bears an honest record of what men write on it."

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Note meeting is one week earlier than normal
April 13, 2016
:00 PM - District Business
8:00 PM - 310 Business

April 7, 2016
No Later than 10:00A)

2952 HWY 200

P.O. BOX 1329


PHONE: (406) 827-4833



(Please call first to assure someone will be there)

Current Weather Conditions

GMCD encompasses 708,524 acres
(1,107 sq. miles) of Western Sanders County,
Montana from
Falls River to
Cabinet Gorge Dam.


NEW: 04/25/11

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A Handbook of
Web-based Natural Resource Data, Applications
and Tools

Montana, Regional and National Web sites of Interest

Compiled by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Natural Heritage Program, and Montana Natural Resource Information System – April 2011


2000 Montana
Watershed Stewardship Award Recipient






Special Meeting MINUTES: June 25thth 2014


The Green Mountain Conservation District (GMCD) was organized on November 4, 1941 and is one of 58 conservation districts in Montana. A non-paid elected and appointed board of supervisors governs district activities. GMCD operations are partially funded by a 1.5 mill tax on county property, with the balance paid through grants from State and Federal resources.

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.

NEW PROJECT: May, 2015

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GMCD continues multi-year project with landowners along the Bull River to restore stream bank vegetation and improve water quality. 


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.\


The annual Sanders County Water Festival, co-sponsored by GMCD, ESCD and Avista, was celebrated for the sixth consecutive year last October at the Thompson Falls State Park. Approximately 135 students from all of the fifth-grade classes in Sanders County, and several home-schooled fifth-grade students who had heard about this outdoor classroom event, attended. See more on the 2007 event in  Water festivalThe past successes have given our Sanders County Water Festival Committee many reasons to validate our shared interest in bringing a better understanding to the students in our county of how to appreciate, understand and preserve the abundant natural resources in our area.



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.

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