What is RC&D? (Resource, Conservation and Development).
Over 40 years ago, Congress established a unique program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that empowered rural people to help themselves. The USDA focus was to assist local people by providing tools and technical support to stabilize and grow their own communities while protecting and developing natural resources. To carry out the RC&D concept, diverse groups of local volunteers (The RC&D Council) are brought together in a unique partnership to find solutions to their problems. Local people are best able to determine needs and create solutions for their Community. The focus on local direction and control has made RC&D one of the most successful rural development programs of the Federal Government. The focus of the program provides for the sustainability of local economies and resources.
How Does RC&D Work?
RC&D is not an agency. It's a council of local citizens that represent farmers, businesses and units of government to coordinate economic development project in primarily rural areas. RC&D areas are multi-
How is RC&D Funded?
Most councils are nonprofit corporations that have authority to seek help from sources that are qualified to provide assistance. This help may be technical assistance from USDA agencies, state or local governments, local conservation districts, or private industry. It may be financial assistance in the form of donations, loans, grants, or cost-
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• Wildlife Enhancement
• New Businesses
• More Community Jobs
• Natural Resources Development
• Grant Assistance
• Watershed Planning
• Leadership Training
• Community Development
• Tourism Promotion
• Event Planning
• Community Support
What Does RC&D Do?
Establishes and improves community services, facilities, and infrastructure. Prepares feasibility studies; creates or improves recreational areas; and develops, improves, and promotes historic sites and tourist attractions. Encourages the best use of forest lands and resources; and creates and expands forest-
Protect and enhances ground water supplies; and improves water quality, waste management, and flood control.
Protects the resource base and finds the best ways to use it. Includes projects such as mine reclamation and controlling soil erosion and weeds.
Environmental Enhancement Projects
Conserves energy creates and improves fish and wildlife habitat; develops and improves wetland habitat; and uses waste safely.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-
OARC&DC meeting will be
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00am
at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives building on 2325 E-
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