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Organized in the 1930s as a response to the severe erosion problems of the Dust Bowl, conservation districts formed across the United States. Missoula Conservation District, one of the 58 conservation districts in Montana, was formed in 1946 by a group of private landowners interested in conserving Missoula County’s natural resources. Missoula Conservation District has continued the tradition of locally led conservation for the last 77 years through its Board of Supervisors and staff.

Identity Statement

The Missoula Conservation District is a non-partisan, publicly elected local Board that oversees a professional natural resources staff engaged in conservation efforts within Missoula County to protect the multiple uses of land, water, and wildlife for future generations.


The Missoula Conservation District, in partnership with stakeholders, ensures resource stewardship through inspiration, education, and enforcement within Missoula County.


The goals of the Missoula Conservation District are to:

  1. Enhance water quality
  2. Improve soil health
  3. Promote stewardship of forest, riparian, upland, and grassland habitat
  4. Maintain and promote agriculture and open space
  5. Contribute to conservation education programs

310 Law Administration

In 1975, the Montana State Legislature passed Senate Bill 310, the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310 Law). This act charged Montana conservation districts with the administration of the 310 Law. Missoula Conservation District administers the 310 Law within Missoula County, excluding the 1946 Missoula city limits and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Reservation.

For more information on 310 Permitting, visit our 310 information page or give us a call.

Meeting Info

Missoula Conservation District normally meets on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Beginning in March 2024, meetings will begin at 5:30pm in the Clover Conference Room located on the second floor of the Gerald W. Marks Exploration Center, 1075 South Avenue West in Missoula. District meetings are open to the public.

Please view our calendar for 310 Permit application deadlines and district meeting dates.


All services offered by the Missoula Conservation District are free and voluntary. In return for services, the district asks that you make a commitment to become a better steward of your land.

310 Permitting

Grant Programs

Equipment Rentals