Conservation districts (CDs) are local units of government that work to fulfill the state’s policy to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources of the state. CDs are governed by a board of five elected supervisors who serve a term of 4 years. Montana’s Flathead Conservation District (FCD) is responsible for the soil and water conservation work within the Flathead County boundaries except within the original (1945) city limits of Kalispell and Columbia Falls. FCD has seven supervisors and three full time staff (Board & Staff page).
Our mission is to conduct local activities to promote natural resources, including education, on-the-ground conservation projects and to administer the 310 Law for stream permits on perennial streams. Learn more about the history of Conservation Districts and the 310 Law.
Flathead County is found in northwestern Montana and is one of the fastest growing counties in the state due to the high quality of its natural environment, scenery and recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, the recent influx of population and land development is putting new stress on our land and water resources by increasing the amount of non-point source pollution entering our streams and lakes.
Partnerships are key in our work to help conserve and restore the county’s riparian and wetland resources. We work with state and federal agencies, non-profit partners, watershed groups and especially private landowners on restoration projects (culverts, bridges, bank stabilization, riparian buffers, weed control, native plantings, etc).
FCD also works to promote agricultural practices that enhance soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat. We provide education programs on riparian area best management practices, non-point source pollution prevention, and weed management.
The Flathead Conservation District also provides financial support to landowners, educators and students working on or studying natural resource issues through our cost-share and seedling programs, education grants, college scholarships, and camp sponsorship.
Conservation Districts work closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which provides scientific and technical expertise, to conserve natural resources on private lands. In Flathead Valley, the Conservation District shares an office with NRCS and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to promote resource sharing and partnership.
Kalispell Field Office
133 Interstate Lane
Kalispell, MT 59901-7921
FCD Office Phone: 406-752-4220