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MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF STATE GRAZING DISTRICTS

Of all the western states, Montana alone has a statutory network of State Grazing Districts (map) cooperative areas of diverse ownership that allow for the greatest use of range forage while conserving limited natural resources. Grazing districts are non-profit, cooperative associations of ranchers and farmers who raise livestock. The Montana Grass Conservation Act of 1939 organized these cooperative grazing areas into 26 districts-which include federal grazing lands mingled with state, county and private lands-encompassing more than 10 million acres. Today there are 29 total districts, concentrated in the eastern part of the state.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and its Conservation and Resource Development Division, carries out the purposes of the Montana Grass Conservation Act, serving as an advisory capacity to the Department of State Lands and the boards of county commissioners in counties where grazing districts are located.

The Montana Grass Commission, re-created by the Montana State Legislature in 1999, oversees the implementation of the Montana Grass Conservation Act. This commission is also served by an Executive Vice President, Sandra Brown of Terry.

2022 MASGD LEADERSHIP

President: Kevin Elias, Chinook
Vice President: Deanna Robbins, Roy
Past President: Larry “Skip” Ahlgren, Winnett
Executive Secretary/Staff Contact: Raylee Honeycutt, Helena

Board of Directors:

Troy Blunt, Malta

Llane Carroll, Ekalaka

Richard Morgan, Alzada

Kyle Kluck, Malta

MASGD IN THE NEWS

MSGA and MPLC Join Coalition Letters to Oppose ESA Introduction Outside Historical Range

HELENA, Mont. (August 8, 2022) – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) and the Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) shared their members’ concerns regarding the Endangered Species Act 10(j) proposed rule change by submitting comments this week. The current 10(j) regulations relating to experimental populations restrict the introduction of an experimental population to only the species’ …
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Montana Public Lands Council Says BLM Has Failed To Protect The Land In APR Grazing Allotment Decision

HELENA, Mont. (July 29, 2022) – Today, Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) Chair, Vicki Olson, issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final decision for the American Prairie change for bison on seven grazing allotments:  “As the state’s largest organization representing individuals who graze on public lands, the final decision issued …
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Montana Association of State Grazing Districts Elects New Leadership

HELENA, Mont. (May 17, 2022) – The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) conducted its Annual Meeting on May 16 in Lewistown, Montana. Along with the association’s annual business meeting, a new president and vice president were elected to lead the organization. Kevin Elias, of Chinook, was elected by the membership to the role …
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MPLC Receives Film Grant to Tell the Story of Public Lands Grazing

The Montana Public Lands Council was recently awarded a $25,000 Big Sky Film Grant to produce a documentary on public land grazing. The short-form film, which will run five to six minutes, will take a closer look into the story of the American West and the important role public lands play. Of the $1.5 million …
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Montana Public Lands Council Disappointed in APR Grazing Allotment Decision

HELENA, Mont. (March 30, 2022) – The Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) shared its disappointment today as the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Malta Office issued its proposed decision regarding the American Prairie Reserve Change-of-Use. “As the state’s largest organization representing individuals who graze on public lands, our members are very familiar with the permit …
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Sage Grouse Remains Top Priority for MSGA, MPLC and MASGD

HELENA, Mont. (February 17, 2022) – Sage Grouse continues to be a priority issue for the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC), and the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) who submitted comments regarding the Notice of Intent to Amend Land Use Plans Regarding Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Prepare Associated Environmental …
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Montana Association of State Grazing Districts

Founded in 1939, Montana Association of State Grazing Districts is working to conserve, protect, restore and ensure the proper use of Montana's grass, forage and range resources.