Conservation That Works!



Serving Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Menominee, Oconto,

Oneida, Shawano & Vilas Counties in Northeast Wisconsin,U.S.A.

What is an RC&D?
Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is a rural development program focusing on conservation, development and utilization of area natural resources to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions for area citizens.

Click below for information about the Wisconsin Association of RC&Ds as well as other Wisconsin Association of RC&D Councils.

Learn More about the NARCDC...

What is the

National Association of Resource Conservation

& Development Councils?

The Vision

To assist RC&D Councils in developing partnerships that enhance the quality of life in America's communities.

The Mission

RC&Ds provide an area-wide framework for locally-directed action and cooperation aimed at solving problems identified by the people who are experiencing them first hand. RC&D councils operate on the premise that local citizens, with coordinated assistance provided by cooperating sources, can develop and carry out action plans which address problems they themselves have identified. Citizens, groups, organizations or agencies within the RC&D area can contribute by bringing concerns before the council, proposing projects and keeping the council aware of community needs.

The Work

The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils coordinates the efforts of hundreds of RC&D Councils, and thousands of volunteers, as they create successful delivery systems that benefit local communities. The goal of the RC&D concept is a diverse, healthy and productive rural population well positioned for success.  Local Resource Conservation and Development Councils are unique non-profit organizations made up of  volunteers who identify unmet needs in their communities and work with local citizens to create solutions that work. The folks who make up an RC&D council are neighbors. They know how to blend government programs with local needs to produce results. In essence, they know how to speak the government’s language, and yours. 

The Four Focus Areas

  • Land Conservation - RC&D Councils work with local partners to identify, fund and complete land conservation projects of all types.

  • Water Management - RC&D Water Management Projects often create recreation opportunities that also create jobs and make communities more attractive to development.
  • Community Development - The NARC&DC provides training, coordination and communication services that help Councils in their community development projects. Assistance is provided to councils as they seek to strengthen their organization's non-profit operations.
  • Land Management - The NARC&DC works with funding partners to make sure worthy projects find the financial assets they need to be successful. National staff continually updates councils on new opportunities for funding.