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Yellowstone River Conservation Districts Council

Providing leadership & guidance for the wise use of the Yellowstone River's natural resources.

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
06Apr 23

Council Meeting Thursday May 11th in Billings Montana.

Meeting Notice Yellowstone River Conservation District Council will meet in Billings on May 11th at 10:00 AM in the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Conference Room. The hotel is located at 5720 South Frontage Road. Topic: YRCDC meeting Time: May 11, 2023 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting One tap mobile…

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13Jan 22

Bringing Sustainability To The Ground Level

Professor Gibertz was a long time member of the technical advisory committee to the Council during the development of the Cumulative Effects Analysis scientific study and the author of the Yellowstone River Cultural Inventory. Click on the link below to read more about the competing demands in the Yellowstone River Valley.

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Our work with woody invasives

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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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