The purpose of Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils is to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources, improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in designated RC&D areas. RC&D Councils improve the capability of state, Tribal, and local units of government and local nonprofit organizations in rural areas to plan, develop, and carry out programs for resource conservation and development. Councils also establish or improve coordination systems in rural areas.
Council objectives focus on improvement of quality of life achieved through natural resources conservation and community development which leads to sustainable communities, and the management and conservation of natural resources. The mission of RC&D Councils is to make available the public and private partnerships to build relationships, create financial leverage, and increase the ability of communities to meet their regionally identified resource conservation and development needs.