Resource Conservation District Assistance
Minimum Ca RCD Requirements Checklist
What's New - RCD Resource Library
Please take a look at the start of our new RCD Resource Library and provide us with feedback about what you would like to see in the Library. You can provide feedback to DOC (Amanda.Platt@conservation.ca.gov)
or CARCD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 Information Sharing Library
In 2005 we created an RCD Information Sharing Library on compact disc. The CD contained a variety of documents created by RCDs that we felt may be of use to other RCDs. We have been collecting documents for an updated version of the CD and now have them on our website. The documents include agendas, minutes, newsletters, plans, outreach materials, policies, job announcements, and more.
Soon, the documents contained in the information sharing library will become part of the new RCD Resource Library. If you have a document you created that you feel other could benefit from please send them to us at
and we will add them.
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:
Some files on this site are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or compressed (zip) format. Utilities to read both are freely available on the Internet. Spreadsheet information is formatted in Excel 97 or 2000 for Windows.
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 quality protection and enhancement
Agricultural land conservation
Soil and water management on non-agricultural lands
Wildlife habitat enhancement
Recreational land restoration
Urban resource conservation