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NRCS Honors Four RCDs for Conservation Work in California

Contacts:
Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692
Jim Cairns (530) 792-5693

DAVIS, Calif., November 22, 2011—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has honored four California Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) as "Outstanding Districts of the Year." The honors were presented at NRCS’s partnership awards luncheon held during the 66th annual California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) conference in Stockton on November 9.

The Outstanding Districts of the Year are:

  • Glenn County Resource Conservation District:
    Many of the district’s projects and programs include pollinator conservation work on farms, Glenn County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Glenn County Certified Farmers Market, Arundo removal work in the Lower Stony Creek Watershed, RCD Connects with Kids educational program, and financial planning workshops for beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District:
    Many of the district’s projects and programs include taking a leadership role on the San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition. The Coalition strives to help regulatory agencies understand the unique, variable and complex processes used by producers when considering necessary crop and land treatments and management practices.
  • Placer County Resource Conservation District:
    The award recognized the district’s Placer County Hedgerow Program, an effort to raise awareness of the value of native pollinators within the central Sierra foothills. The Placer County Hedgerow Program serves to connect technology, education and local communities/landowners to help build native pollinator habitat and contribute to the central Sierra foothill’s sustainable agriculture future.
  • Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains:
    Many of the district’s projects and programs include restoring a large portion of Topanga Creek aimed at restoring stream bank stability, natural flow and critical habitat for endangered steelhead trout and many more native species. Furthermore, the RCD has spearheaded hundreds of "in-the-field" classroom programs, benefitting more than 5,000 urban schoolchildren each year.

RCD board members and staff were on-hand to accept the prestigious awards presented by NRCS State Conservationist Ed Burton in recognition of the Districts’ leadership in innovation, outreach to stakeholders, furthering science in conservation, and reaching historically underserved communities.

"RCD’s are one of NRCS’s key partners in conservation, and we have a long and successful history together," says NRCS’s Ed Burton. "I applaud this year’s four outstanding districts of the year for their dedication to partnerships, innovation and outstanding work in getting conservation on the ground in California."

RCDs are "special districts" of the state of California, set up under California law to be locally governed agencies with their own locally appointed, independent boards of directors. Conservation Districts work with farmers, ranchers, and urban dwellers to voluntarily improve soil, water, and wildlife habitat resources across the U.S. California now has 104 RCDs, most of which are funded largely through grants. California’s size, geographic diversity, and rapidly growing population make natural resource conservation a growing and critical issue in the Golden State.

NRCS works with farmers and ranchers through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Since its inception in 1935, NRCS has worked in partnership with private landowners and a variety of local, state and federal conservation partners to deliver conservation based on specific, local needs.

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