Mission

Mission

The mission of the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County is to help people protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs.


What Is An RCD?

what-is-rcdThere are 99 Resource Conservation Districts in California. They are part of a national network created during the Dust Bowl days over 70 years ago. Each RCD is governed by local landowners whose objective it is to assist conservation programs in their community. RCDs assess conservation problems, set priorities, and coordinate federal, state, and local resources to bring about solutions. They do this with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resources Conservation District guidance and support from the California Department of Conservation and a diverse network of funders and partners.

Resource Conservation Districts provide free, non-discriminatory assistance and educational opportunities to agricultural producers, land users, educators, and anyone with land-based resource conservation needs, on a strictly voluntary basis. Conservation projects may include: conservation education, soil erosion control, water quality enhancement, range management, vineyard development, woodland, forestry and wildlife management, and watershed and stream enhancement.

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