Governance & Committees
While our values and goals guide all that we do at the UYWG, our action plan and working committees provide a more detailed structure on how we get things done. We have multiple committees who focus on particular areas of the watershed. These committees meet separately and then report back to the overall group at our general meetings. Each committee has various "projects" they are working on relevant to their respective areas. All members are encouraged to participate in whatever committees and/or projects that interest them. For more information on each committee and our overall action plan, see below. (note: some of the content is "coming soon"...you can keep clicking but nothing will happen).
Officers: A Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer (proposed) are elected from the membership, by the membership, for 2-year terms. Duties include conducting meetings (i.e., executive committee and membership meetings) and working with staff in conducting the business of the organization.
Committees: Working committees are the backbone of UYWG and centers of activity and outputs. Committees are formed to address specific issues or problems relative to the watershed. Ideally, committees have a diverse composition of residents, NGOs, and agency representatives. Each committee creates their own charter of what they will focus on, how they will operate, and who will serve as their chair(s). Committees provide updates for UYWG meetings, generate content for newsletters. An Executive Committee, composed of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs provides governance and fiduciary oversight. Any UYWG positions on policy must be approved by the executive committee. The UYWG Coordinator serves as Secretary.
Organization: The Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group is a program of the Park County Conservation District (Tax ID # 81-0444222). Donations to UYWG are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council acts as a fiscal sponsor where a 501(c)(3) entity is required.