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RCD Guidebook

The RCD Guidebook: Your Guide to District Operations and Management is a storehouse of information on the care and feeding of an RCD, and it contains just about all you might need to know about starting and sustaining a locally led conservation effort. The guidebook includes extensive information on the powers, authorities, roles, and responsibilities of RCDs under state law, and in addition to extensive source materials, such as Division 9 itself, includes chapters on the following topics:

  • Effective district leadership

  • Utilizing government programs

  • Holding legal and effective meetings

  • Grant writing

  • Strategic planning

  • Education and outreach

  • Involving local community in conservation

  • Daily operation of an RCD

  • Writing annual reports

Multiple files (PDF) make up this large sourcebook for better management of your organization. Some of the Appendices of the document are not yet available in digital format. These consist of samples of various reports, proposals and other documents. Please contact us to obtain the entire document on compact disk. 

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Volume I: An RCD How-to Guide
Slow modem? This largest section can be downloaded as two separate files, part A and B .

Volume 2: Materials for Workshops

Volume 3: Appendices

Navigation Note: Each PDF file contains the index material from the front of the Guidebook and links to the remaining files. Start with the volume that is of most interest to you and link to the others as needed using the navigation bookmarks on the left. Files average 500 KB each, so they may take a while to download!