By Sunni Heikes-Knapton
For The Madisonian
Many consider the term “steward of the land” a fitting moniker for agricultural producers.
In the Madison Valley, a local rancher fits the title well, and has been recognized for her many years of service in addressing conservation concerns across the state of Montana.
Janet Endecott, Madison Conservation District supervisor, was recently recognized for her service to the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Board of Directors. Endecott served on the board from 2005 to 2010. In her position, Endecott played a critical role in addressing many decisions affecting conservation districts in Montana.
While on the board, she oversaw the passage of 47 resolutions dealing with a wide variety of natural resource management issues. These resolutions highlight the most pressing concerns of the statewide conservation community, ranging from common themes such as weed control and stream permitting to more controversial issues like brucellosis and management of public lands.
Often, these subjects were directly related to agricultural producers in the state, an area where Endecott’s expertise was highly valued.
“Janet has a common sense and practical approach to the issues that we deal with in conservation districts. I always appreciated and looked forward to her observations and ideas in any of the subjects that we addressed,” stated Montana Association of Conservation Districts executive director Jeff Tiberi.
Serving on the board required participation in regular meetings and a commitment to the task at hand, efforts which Endecott adhered to with dedication. These accomplishments were recognized as she received the service award at the recent MACD Convention in Billings, to the applause of 250 attendees.
“We hope that she will consider rejoining the Board at some time in the future,” Tiberi said.