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Resource Conservation and Development

Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils develop and carry out action plans for the economic, social and environmental enrichment of their communities. The RC&D councils promote conservation, development, and use of natural resources to improve economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in all communities. Their aim is to provide a system for rural development, encourage the wise use of natural resources, and improve the quality of life.

RC&D councils are locally organized, sponsored and led. Council members are recruited from the local community and empowered with leadership responsibilities.


Massachusetts has two RC&D councils:

Berkshire-Pioneer RC&D Area, Inc.

(serves Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties)

9 Research Drive, Suite 5
Amherst, MA 01002
324 Wells Street
Greenfield , MA 01301
Fax: 413-773-3562

Name Title E-mail
Gina Gigante Office Manager
Jess Cook Mass. Farm Energy Program, Program Manager
Layla Hazen Mass. Farm Energy Program, Program Assistant
Marcheterre Fluet Mass. Forest Stewardship Program


Patriot RC&D Council, Inc.

(serves Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties)

319 Littleton Road, Suite 302
Westford, MA 01886-4133
Phone: 978-692-1904 
Fax: 978-392-1305

National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils