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Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals - 2015 Tech sessions

The 2015 MAGIP Tech Session will be held on September 30th - October 2nd at the beautiful Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda, MT. 

This years' Tech Session is being held in conjunction with the Montana Association of Planners (MAP) annual conference. The MAP conference will be held on Monday - Wednesday morning (September 28th - 30th) and the MAGIP Tech Session will follow, starting on Wednesday afternoon. Attendees of the MAGIP Tech Session will receive a code to be able to attend the MAP Conference at a discounted rate.

The 2015 MAGIP Tech Session consists of 7 different workshops. You will have the opportunity to select the workshops you would like to attend on the registration form.

Half day workshops are $50 for MAGIP members & MAP attendees or $100 for non members. The 2-day workshop is $300 for MAGIP members & MAP attendees or $600 for non-members. (Non-members, please use the alternate registration link HERE or sign up for membership HERE.)

For more information click HERE.

 




Future West's film "Preparing for the Boom"

Preparing for the Boom: Below is a link to the just completed film "Preparing for the Boom", an approximately 20 minute compilation of personal interviews, film and graphics in which people tell their stories and share their lessons about how to better prepare for energy development:www.future-west.org/projects/communities-and-energy-development

 




Environmental Permitting in Montana

The Environmental Quality Council division of the Montana Legislative Services has published a reference guide for obtaining air quality, wastewater and opencut mining permits. The permitting primer presents the processes in two easy to understand visual formats. A PDF copy to view on screen and another PDF for printing.




Montana Natural Resources Handbook

A Handbook of Web-based Natural Resource Data, Applications and Tools




Free! Wetland Plant Identification Handbook

Thanks to an EPA Region 8 Wetland Program Development Grant, Montana DEQ has published a free wetland plant identification book titled “Common Native and Invasive Wetland Plants in Montana.”
 
Books are available for pick up at the following 12 communities, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula.
 
For details see:  http://deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/Wetlands/PDFs/Distribution%20Centers.pdf
 
Link to Book homepage  http://deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/Wetlands/wetlandplantbooklet.mcpx
Link to complete book online http://deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/Wetlands/PDFs/WetlandPlantBook.pdf




General Training Information

MAP provides mini-grants to its members for a number of training and educational activities which promote public education and professional development in the areas of land use planning and community development.  Funds are provided in the following program categories:

Regional Workshop Program Funding - Members are encouraged to gather with others in their MAP District or a neighboring district (including planning board members, county commissioners, city council members, public and private land managers, real estate professionals, etc.) to pursue specialized training, address issues of common concern and to network.  $500 is available per district.

Local Information Sessions - MAP encourages planners at the local level to hold informational sessions for persons in their communities who have a stake in land use issues including real estate professionals, builders, local government officials, title companies, and surveyors.  MAP will provide up to $50 to purchase refreshments and printed materials for these worthwhile local endeavors.

MAP Mentoring Program - MAP will help defray the expenses of mentoring activities.  Persons interested in participating in the Mentoring Program (as mentors of "mentorees") should contact the MAP Board of Directors.  Up to $500 is available for mentoring activities.

For more information, please download a MAP mini-grant application (PDF file )