​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Resource Conservation District (RCD) Assistance Program

What are RCDs?

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.  Authorized under Division 9 of the Public Resources Code, RCDs 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

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, as well as information and technical support through publications.



​​​​ Division of Land Resource Protection 

Division of Land Resource Protection

Resource Conservation Districts Links