State Law 76-15-311
a matter of legislative determination, farm and grazing lands of the
State of Montana are among the basic assets of the state and
preservation of these lands is necessary to protect and promote the
health, safety, and general welfare of its people. It is the policy of
the legislature to provide for the conservation of soil and soil
resources of this state.
The purpose of this board is to
oversee the conservation of soil and soil resources of this county and
in an advisory capacity, develop methods to control and prevent soil
erosion; prevent floodwater and sediment damages; to further the
conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water and
thereby to preserve natural resources, control floods, prevent
impairment of dams and reservoirs, preserve wildlife, protect the tax
base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety,
and general welfare of the people of this state.