History of Conservation Districts




The concept of local resource conservation districts (RCDs) was born in the early 1930s out of concern for soil erosion, floods and sky-blackening dust storms. It was realized that these problems could be solved only with informed participation and cooperation of local citizens through the education of land owners, managers and the public through examples and demonstrations of improved conservation practices. RCDs were formed to focus on these activities.

RCDs are legal subdivisions of state government organized under the State of California Public Resources Code. RCDs are authorized and directed to advise and assist private landowners and public agencies in the conservation and use of soil and interrelated resources including water, plant materials and wildlife.

There are 100 RCDs in the state of California separated in to 10 regions. For more information on RCDs throughout the state, visit the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) webpage.