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Yellowstone River photo courtesy Larry Mayer

About the YRCDC

The Yellowstone River Conservation Districts Council (YRCDC) is comprised of eleven member districts along the main stem of the Yellowstone River. Our purpose is to provide local leadership, assistance, and guidance for the wise use and conservation of the Yellowstone River’s natural resources. This purpose is founded on three fundamental precepts:

1) The need for scientific information on which to base management decisions.

2) The need for broad-based local, regional, and national input.

3) The need for technical and financial assistance to address sustainable use issues on the Yellowstone River.


Visit our Yellowstone River Clearinghouse

This is a link to data, information, and publications developed by the Yellowstone River Conservation District Council associated with the Yellowstone River Cumulative Effects Study.

Recent News & Meeting Announcements
02Aug 17

September Meeting Notice

The next YRCDC meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 in Billings.  It is scheduled at 10:00 am in the Montana FWP Region 5 (Lake Elmo) headquarters conference room located at 2300 Lake Elmo Drive.   Agenda: Welcome and Introductions – Don Youngbauer, Chairman Chairman’s Report – Don Youngbauer Vice-Chair’s Report – John Moorhouse…

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27Jun 17

July Meeting Notice

Yellowstone River Conservation District Council will meet on Friday, July 14th at 10 AM in Miles City in the meeting room of Montana’s Rib & Chop House located at 3020 Stower Street. From I-90, use the South Haynes exit and go north until see the Walmart and Murdoch’s businesses at the corner of South Haynes…

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About the Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River stretches over 670 miles and is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Originating in Yellowstone National Park, it drains 70,000 square miles of land before it joins the Missouri River northeast of Sidney, Montana. In addition to an abundance of fish and wildlife, the Yellowstone River supports a wide variety of agricultural, domestic, industrial, and recreational uses.

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