Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz Countyupdated: October 2010

What are Resource Conservation Districts?

RCDs are grassroots government organizations that work to get individual and community goals accomplished. RCDs are non-regulatory and must meet their goals for the natural resources in their community through voluntary approaches -- neighbor asking neighbor to cooperate.

As a local government entity, an RCD can work with any local, state or federal agency through simple cooperative agreements. Many times the RCD can get conservation activities on the ground faster, cheaper and with greater local sensitivity than any other government entity. Local Resource Conservation Districts are excellent vehicles for striking a balance between the economic self-interests of individuals and the community's need for a healthy environment. The two goals are not incompatible, although it sometimes requires education and assistance for land managers to reconcile them both.

Opportunities exist in the community to work with your RCD on cooperative efforts to improve the environment. RCDs are moving from working with landowners one at a time to working with groups of landowners within a watershed, to accomplish a matrix of goals such as reducing fire risk, improving grazing, reducing pollutants in creeks and streams, and increasing wildlife habitat. As with all grassroots organizations, the RCD is only as effective as the leadership its citizens provide. Locally led RCDs can speak with credibility on policy issues at all levels of government which impact natural resources on private lands. For over 50 years Resource Conservation Districts throughout California have effectively represented local communities in addressing natural resource problems. They continue to create opportunities for landowners to identify and accomplish stewardship goals on an individual or watershed basis.

Contact Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Contact Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Tangi Chapman
820 Bay Avenue
Suite 128
Capitola, California  95010
Phone: (831) 464-2950 ext. 25
Fax: (831) 475-3215


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Santa Cruz County, California

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