OARC&DC meeting will be Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:00am at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives building on 2325 E-I44 Service Rd in Oklahoma City.
Organic Oklahoma ConferenceFriday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28, 2015OSU/OKC Campus, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF RC&D COUNCILS, INC.
OARC&DC meeting will be January 27, 2015
at 10:00am at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives building on 2325 E-I44 Service Rd in Oklahoma City
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-sharing arrangements for projects.
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-county in scope and led by a citizens group called council, board of directors, or executive committee. Council members represent official sponsoring organizations, however, they can develop task forces and working group composed of technical specialists and other interested in individual projects. The Natural Resource Conservation Service, (RNCS), an agency known for its partnerships with local communities, administers the program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NRCS provides a coordinator, and gives other support for each RC&D area. But, it is the local council or directors that make each RC&D area unique.
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Let RC&D Help You
•More Community Jobs
•Natural Resources Development
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-related industries. Focuses on expanding markets and creating jobs.
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.