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Lake County Conservation District is one of 58 conservation districts in the state of Montana. The Montana Legislature created conservation districts in 1939 to help citizens conserve their soil, water and other renewable natural resources. Conservation districts work closely with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCS) when carrying out their duties.
In 1974, an additional level of responsibility was added when the State Legislature charged conservation districts with administering the "Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act", commonly known as the "310 Law" for the state of Montana. Any private individual or corporation proposing to undertake a project or construction activity in a perennial stream must first apply for a permit from their local conservation district. In the permitting process, conservation district supervisors and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks representative inspect the site with the applicant to ensure it is completed in a fashion that maintains the integrity of the stream system.
The Lake County Conservation District Board of Supervisors is comprised of 7 supervisors, a varying number of associate supervisors and a full time district administrator. Five of the supervisors are elected throughout the county and two are appointed by the City of Polson and the City of Ronan. Current membership includes Lake County residents that have experience in farming, ranching, natural resource engineering, forestry, education and conservation.
The mission of the conservation district is: "The Conservation District promotes wise use of natural resources and prudent conservation practices in Lake County."