What were RCDs up to in November?

California is home to 98 unique RCDs operating in ten regions throughout the state. RCDs are California’s boots-on-ground, providing everything from technical assistance to design and installation of conservation projects to community education — and more. Each month, we work to compile a small sampling of the incredible work that the districts are doing in and on behalf of their communities. Please see below for an update on what some of the state’s RCDs were up to in November.

RCD of Monterey County Recognized by Invasive Plant Council

RCD of Monterey County was recognized as the ‘Wildland Stewardship Organization of the Year’ at the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) 2018 Symposium awards ceremony in Monterey. Each year, Cal-IPC honors members who have shown exceptional dedication and creativity in protecting California’s wildlands from invasive plants. The award celebrates the work RCDMC has been doing with partners and landowners on the Salinas River since 2014 to control invasive weeds including arundo and enhance wildlife habitat and flood control. They were acknowledged for their Salinas River Arundo Control Program work.

RCD of Greater San Diego County’s Tijuana River Valley Community Garden

The RCD of Greater San Diego County held an event to celebrate the launch of its carbon farming demonstration project this summer on a quarter-acre plot at the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden. This project, funded by the CA Department of Food and Agriculture, will implement three carbon farming practices and aim to demonstrate the benefits to soil quality, water holding capacity, and crop yield. The same day, they held their annual Soil Shindig, a family friendly, no-cost, day-long celebration of soil held at the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden and Wild Willow Farm & Education Center.

Glenn County RCD Debuts Soil Health Videos

Visit Glenn County RCD’s YouTube Channel to see their new videos on soil health. This series of three short 5-minute films promote best ‘soil health’ management practices on a ranch, an orchard, and a dairy. You can read more about what Glenn County RCD is doing around soil health on their program page.

Western Shasta RCD Recognized for Erosion Control in Post-Fire Areas

Western Shasta RCD was featured in the Redding Record Searchlight for working with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board to install erosion control measures on 1,640 acres within the Carr Fire burn area. Crews with the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District  will be placing various erosion control methods on hillsides, such as straw wattles and mats, mulching and “tackifiers” to make the ground stickier, Clint Snyder said. Crews need to get erosion control measures in place soon because the forecast calls for above average rainfall this winter, officials said. Sediment from the erosion could harm the salmon spawning beds, preventing the eggs from hatching, and salmon that haven’t yet laid eggs could find it difficult to find suitable gravel beds that aren’t blanketed by thick sediment.

Sonoma RCD Carbon Farm Planning Range Tailgate

Sonoma RCD held a Range Tailgate on Thursday, November 8 at a private ranch in Petaluma where they discussed Carbon Farm Planning on working rangelands and looked at areas on the ranch recently applied with compost through our Healthy Soils grant.

Cachuma RCD and Carbon Farming Partners Featured

Cachuma RCD and their carbon farming partners were in the spotlight this month. A local news outlet in Santa Barbara featured this article about a recent field day that the RCD, the Community Environmental Council (CEC), and the Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner’s Office hosted at Chamberlin Ranch. The even was attended by about 40 landowners, soil scientists, and other stakeholders. Additionally, a video posted by the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan entitled Carbon Farming: A Ranching Solution to Climate Change showed the RCD’s carbon farming work through the lens of a rancher who had implemented a carbon farm plan on his land.

CARCD and FSCC Forestry Committees Joint Field Tour

On November 12, the RCD of Greater San Diego County hosted a joint CARCD Forestry Committee and Statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee forest health field tour. The tour took them through Flinn Springs Regional Park in El Cajon and land adjacent to the JR Southbay Golf Center in Bonita where they discussed tree mortality caused by invasive species of goldspotted oak borer and shot hole borer beetles.