What were RCDs up to in June?

California is home to 96 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.

Nevada County RCD Speaker on Beneficial Insects

The Nevada County RCD hosted entomologist Bonnie Bradt who spoke on “Beneficial Insects of Nevada County” on Thursday, June 20 from 6pm to 8pm in the Community Room at the Nevada City Madelyn Helling Library.

Napa County RCD’s Napa River Cleanup

The Napa County RCD met for a Napa River Cleanup on Saturday, June 22 from 9am to 11:30am at the Napa Vine Trail. The RCD invited volunteers to participate in a cleanup at along the Napa Vine Trail.

Yolo County RCD Compost and Fire Workshop

The Yolo Land & Cattle Company and the Yolo County RCD hosted the second workshop in a series about compost application on rangelands. The event was on June 18, from 8am to noon at Yolo (24445 Co. Road 25, Esparto). The program was geared toward ranchers. Dr. Jeff Creque from CCI and Phil Dye of Prometheus Fire Consulting spoke on demonstrations of on-farm compost and fire fuel reduction techniques that store carbon and keep nutrients on the land.

Contra Costa RCD Happy Hour

The Contra Costa RCD hosted Save Earth. Drink Beer. on June 19 from 5:30 to 8pm at Calicraft Brewing Company. This event was an opportunity for community members to share information and get to know other environmentalists in Contra Costa.

Sonoma RCD Tillage Management Alternatives

The Sonoma RCD’s event Tillage Management Alternatives: Impacts on Soil Moisture and Health was on June 19 from 11am to 12:30 pm at MacLeod Family Vineyard (Kenwood, CA 95452). Attendees discussed field trials at the vineyard, tillage alternatives, and opportunities to maximize retention and conservation of water in the soil and at the ranch.

RCD of Mendocino County Fire Resiliency Meeting

The RCD of Mendocino County co-hosted the Hopland Fire Resiliency Meeting on June 2 from 9:30am to 3pm at the Hopland Research and Extension Center. The goal of the meeting was to help homeowners prepare their home and community for fire by learning from experts on topics including home defense vegetation management. The event was free and included lunch.

Mission RCD Home Ignition Zone Assessment Workshop

The Mission RCD’s free workshop on the Home Ignition Zone Assessment was on June 1 at 10am. They were also joined by Fire Marshall Patty Koch from North County Fire Protection District.