North Coast RCDs Sign Historic Collaborative Memorandum of Understanding

Photo of the South Fork Eel River

The eleven Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) in California’s North Coast Region have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work collaboratively on soil, forest, and fisheries issues at a regional scale.

The participating districts are Del Norte RCD, Gold Ridge RCD, Humboldt County RCD, Lake County RCD, Marin RCD, Mendocino County RCD, Napa County RCD, Shasta Valley RCD, Siskiyou RCD, Sonoma RCD, and Trinity County RCD.

Their new collaborative framework will enable the participating RCDs to work together to achieve conservation objectives at a regional scale in pursuit of improved water quality, water quantity, soil health, and forest health, and result in a heightened stewardship ethic for the benefit of communities, watersheds, and wildlife on the North Coast.

“RCDs actively leverage resources in their districts to make conservation happen on-the-ground and recognize the value of working collectively since natural resource challenges tend to extend far beyond district boundaries. The statewide network of RCDs is actively pursuing opportunities that enable us to achieve conservation objectives at regional scales, understanding that it will take innovative collaborations and creative thinking to bring about the positive changes that are needed statewide,” said Karen Buhr, Executive Director, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD).

Together, CARCD and the RCDs form a statewide network of qualified personnel and contractors who are familiar with local issues and can solve resource conservation problems efficiently and effectively. By leading our communities locally, we affect real and lasting change on our landscapes. Our network has worked for generations to ensure the resilience and health of California’s water, soil, wildlife habitat and other natural resources, and will continue to do so for generations to come.

The North Coast Resource Conservation District Collaborative looks forward to working with state, federal, and private partners to put the RCDs’ collective knowledge, experience, and technical skills to use for the benefit of North Coast communities and ecosystems.

To partner with North Coast Resource Conservation District Collaborative, please contact Sara Schremmer.

Visit our Capacity Building project page to learn more about other durable collaboration efforts happening throughout the state.