Carbon County Resource Council

Carbon County Resource Council was formed in 1997 by citizens concerned about an airport expansion. We are working hard to protect the unique quality of life in Red Lodge and ensuring smart growth in town to maintain the character and lifestyles in Carbon County.

Our Mission

Carbon County Resource Council is a group of concerned citizens advocating responsible use of resources and finding solutions to problems that affect our unique quality of life. To do that we:

  • Gather and disseminate accurate information to educate the public through our newsletter, phone trees, letters, our website, and public forums;
  • Mobilize citzens to take action on issues of concern and actively participate in the public process.

Current Campaigns

Water Quality in Rock Creek

We are currently working to collect baseline physical, chemical, and biological data to assess long term water quality conditions in the Rock Creek Watershed. An objective is to educate people and local governments about water quality and to provide information that supports informed land use decisions.

Issues We Work On

Clean Energy

We work to expand energy efficiency and clean energy opportunities in Carbon County. Currently, we are working with other local organizations to get C-PACE implemented in Carbon County.

Local Food

We work to expand access to local food in Carbon County and educate residents about the benefits to our health, our climate, and our communities when we choose local first.

Oil and Gas

We work to ensure local residents, water, and soil are protected during oil and gas development by working to pass appropriate reforms.

History and Accomplishments

We are proud of our work over the past 25 years, including:

  • Securing a public survey and county-wide vote on a proposed airport for Red Lodge.

  • Raising awareness around energy efficiency, smart growth, soil health, “free trade,” and other issues facing family farmers and ranchers.

  • Working with county officials to expand recycling opportunities in Carbon County.

  • Monitoring development projects in the county to ensure compliance with local growth policies and other state and federal natural resouce protection laws.

  • Securing protections in Carbon County’s Development Regulations that give landowners the right to receive baseline water testing, a 750-foot minimum distance (or “setback”) of oil and gas development from homes, and dust control on roads.



Sue Beug


Tom Tschida


Karen Walmsley


Judith Gregory

Northern Plains Board Representatives

Jeff DiBenedetto
Scott Hancock

Community Organizer

Check out these upcoming events in your area!​

Webinar: Putting the MT Endowment Tax Credit to Work for You

Webinar: Putting the MT Endowment..

Save the date for the second in a series of educational webinars on legacy planning, “Putting the MT Endowment Tax Credit to Work for You.” Join us and Kevin Brown, Associate Vice President of Development for Estate, Trust and Gift Planning at MSU to discover how to best utilize the now permanent Montana Endowment Tax Credit.

Wednesday, September 27th from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council Annual Meeting and Potluck

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council Annual..

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council (YVCC) is celebrating its Annual Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, October 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Sunday, October 1st from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

2023 Helena Sun Run

2023 Helena Sun Run

Sleeping Giant Citizens Council’s Eighth Annual Sun Run will be held on Saturday, October 7th at the Central School, 402 N Warren Street in Helena.

Saturday, October 7th from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Northern Plains’ 52nd Annual Meeting

Northern Plains’ 52nd Annual Meeting

Our Mission Carbon County Resource Council is a group of concerned citizens advocating responsible use...

Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am - Saturday, November 11th at 7:00 pm

Our Team

Jack Leuthold

Community Organizer

Jackson Newman

Community Organizer

Effy McEldowney

Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

Michael Skinner

Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

Kris Glenn, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

Affiliate Representatives- Stillwater Protective Association

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