Desert Mountain RC&D Council
The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council will develop partnerships to enhance the quality of life and achieve economic growth while protecting the environment. Serving Inyo, San Bernardino, Southern Mono, Eastern Kern, Eastern Tulare, and the Antelope Valley portion of Los Angeles County.

Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) areas work to promote and protect economic, natural, and social resources at the local and regional level. They bring together people, needs, and concerns, opportunities, and solutions. The RC&D works on a variety of projects/programs that can benefit the entire community. By supporting the RC&D, you are helping your own community.

A Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Resource Conservation Districts, cities, counties, various groups and partnering federal agencies contributed to developing the application packet and the goals and objectives set forth in the first long range Area strategic plan. The Committee met monthly at various locations within the proposed area boundaries over a nine month period in 1998 and 1999, with the first organizational meeting being held at the Desert Empire Fair in Ridgecrest, California.
One of the major economic development issues for communities was identified as the severe impact of multiple military base closures and down-sizing, with Army Navy, Air Force and Marine facilities located within the Area. Key resource issues included water management and quality, air quality, the fragility of desert and mountain ecosystems calling for promotion of habitat enhancement and protection and implementation of Best Management Practices for wind and water erosion throughout the Area. Outreach to the many Native American tribes represented in the Area is another major goal to preserve cultural resources as well as to assist with tribal resource issues and economic needs.
The Desert Mountain RC&D was authorized by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and approved by Congress in 2000. The Council received its 501c3 non-profit status in 2001.

Contact Desert Mountain RC&D Council

Doug Thompson
1259 East Ridgecrest Blvd
Suite 7
Ridgecrest, California  93555
Phone: (760) 446-1974
Fax: (760) 446-3743


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Inyo County, California
  • Kern County, California
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Mono County, California
  • San Bernardino County, California
  • Tulare County, California

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