​​​​​​​​​​​​​Resource Conservation District Assistance 

RCD Financial Assistance Program ​ 

Resource Conservation District Accreditation Program Proposed Regulations Comment Period now closed.



RCD Resource Library
The library includes sample documents, templates, and other resources to help support all aspects of RCD operations. 
Let us know what else you would like to see in the Library. You can provide feedback to DOC (rcd@conservation.ca.gov

Minimum Ca RCD Requirements Checklist
This checklist was created by the CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts and Dept. of Conservation. The checklist was designed as a tool to ensure RCDs are meeting the basic requirements for Resource Conservation Districts.

Planning for the Future - A Statewide Pathway to Excellence in Service packet

This packet includes the RCD Vision and Standards adopted at the CARCD Conference in November 2014. The Vision summarizes key strategies for success and the Standards provide a roadmap of activities that successful RCDs typically engage in.

​​RCD Assistance

The Department of Conservation provides assistance to California’s Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) in their mission to develop a land stewardship ethic that promotes long-term sustainability of the state’s rich and diverse natural resource heritage.

This support can take the form of:

  • Financial assistance through grant programs;
  • Administrative education through California Conservation Partnership (CCP) training programs; and
  • Information and technical support through publications and technical assistance.
  • Information through our RCD Resource Library​ pages

Some files on this site are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or compressed (zip) format.  Utilities to read both are freely available on the Internet. 


What is a RCD?

Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are special districts of the state of California, set up under California law to be locally governed agencies with their own locally appointed or elected, independent boards of directors. California RCDs implement projects on public and private lands and educate landowners and the public about resource conservation.  RCDs, authorized under Division 9 of the Public Resources Code, work together to conduct:

  • Watershed planning and management
  • Water conservation
  • Water quality protection and enhancement
  • Agricultural land conservation
  • Soil and water management on non-agricultural lands
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Wetland conservation
  • Recreational land restoration
  • Irrigation management
  • Conservation education
  • Forest stewardship
  • Fuels management
  • Urban resource conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection ​

Division of Land Resource Protection