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Voluntary, locally-led conservation is a critical strategy for meeting today’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Whether responding to crises or planning for a sustainable future, Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) work hand-in-hand with their neighbors and partners to deliver innovative conservation solutions that meet those challenges head on.

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving as a strong advocate, technical resource, and partner to the state’s 96 RCDs so that they can be Relevant, Excellent, and Visible “go-to” hubs for conservation in their communities. We build the network and local impact of RCDs in California, strengthening locally-led conservation and stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.


We believe that every Californian deserves equitable access to the assistance and services that RCDs provide, to ensure that our state’s natural resources can support thriving local communities, landscapes, and economies.


Amplifying Impact

RCDs need a strong state association to speak for their collective needs. Our partners need responsive, innovative, and effective support and coordination from CARCD to tap into the technical skill and expertise of the statewide RCD network.

In order to amplify our collective impact, CARCD strives for a diversity of participation and ideas from our internal and external networks; we believe that bringing people together is the only way to achieve our common goals.

Conservation & Stewardship

Conservation and stewardship of agricultural and natural resources has significant environmental, economic, and societal value, and RCDs play a critical role in these efforts.

Voluntary, Locally-led Conservation

Voluntary, locally-led conservation is an effective and efficient strategy at getting work done on-the-ground. This approach is even more effective when it is comprehensive and ecosystem-based.

Locally-led conservation requires good relationships with and among local communities, landowners, and partners. CARCD and RCDs value these relationships and are the ideal entities to make these connections.

Resource Sharing

RCDs need resources to realize their core values, achieve resource conservation benefits, and support agricultural viability and sustainability in California. Our network shares resources amongst each other and with our partners whenever possible.


Collective Action

California’s natural resource management and agricultural challenges are bigger than any one of us could tackle alone. We have greater impact when we work collectively to address local, regional, and statewide challenges.

Engagement with Decision-makers

Decision-makers who are educated about natural resources, agriculture, and the important role of RCDs make better decisions about California’s future.

Commitment to Diversity

In February 2019, the Board of Directors approved a resolution to outline a commitment to diversity within the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and the RCD community. To read the full resolution please click here.