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Our principal mission is to improve resource management while supporting sustainable agriculture and our urban communities. We provide technical assistance, education, and funding sources to empower landowners to be committed stewards working to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and improve natural habitat.
RCDs are Resource Conservation Districts. We are non-regulatory, grass roots special districts established by Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code. RCDs provide local leadership and deliver conservation measures to local residents and landowners. Board members are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to local delivery of conservation services. RCDs serve both rural and agricultural areas, as well as urbanized areas. In the 1930's "Dust Bowl Era" the federal government recognized erosion as a number one priority if this country were to continue with agricultural production that would feed our nation. Non-regulatory Conservation Districts were authorized to increase leadership and provide assistance at the local level to landowners, farmers, and ranchers. California recognized the importance of Conservation Districts, and in 1938 authorized their formation. Eighty percent of California land is served by an RCD. Many changes have taken place since then but Resource Conservation Districts are empowered with the obligation and responsibility to provide local leadership and assistance to their constituency. Today, RCDs assist landowners and residents by providing technical assistance and funding for on-the-ground projects. RCDs also offer education and outreach through landowner workshops, watershed newsletters and school education and service learning programs. Watershed-wide planning and local stewardship of the land is a central theme of RCDs in addressing current conservation issues.
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