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Serving Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Roane, Calhoun, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel and Jackson Counties, West Virginia
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1014 Volcano Road
Waverly, WV 26184
(304) 679-3639
fax: (304) 679-3049

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What is RC&D?

RC&D stands for Resource Conservation and Development. The purpose of the RC&D Program is to encourage and improve the capability of volunteer, local elected and civic leaders in designated RC&D areas to plan and carry out projects for resource conservation and community development.

RC&D is a unique program that is led by local volunteer councils. RC&D is a way for people to work together to plan and carry out activities that will make their area a better place to live. Such activities lead to sustainable communities, prudent land use and the sound management and conservation of natural resources.

Program objectives focus on “the quality of life” improvements achieved through natural resources conservation and community development. An RC&D Area usually covers several counties.

Congress created this public/private partnership as a way of engaging local leaders to promote their local economy by leveraging limited federal dollars.

Councils provide a focal point of local leadership and bring together private citizens and local, state and federal agencies to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area.

RC&D Councils have proven ability and strength of leadership to engage and accomplish projects from the local to the national level.

The USDA Secretary of Agriculture has designated 375 RC&D Areas. Designated RC&D Areas serve 85% of U.S. counties. Currently 25 more areas have pending applications to become a designated RC&D area.

To learn more about the national RC&D Program go to:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – RC&D Program

National Association of RC&D Councils

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