High Country Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council
"Local People Meeting Together to Solve Local Challenges"
What is RC&D?
Communities, all levels of government and grassroots organizations work together as an RC&D
Council to develop opportunities that sustain and improve our communities, local economies and
natural resources. Over 40 years ago, Congress established a program within the U.S. Department
of Agriculture that empowered people in rural areas 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 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.
NEW BUDGET UPDATE:
In light of the recent decision by Congress to eliminate the NRCS's funding for the RC&D program,
we wanted to let you know that High Country RC&D is still open for business! Nationally, the
RC&D 's were created by an act of Congress 40 years ago, and this recent budget action does
not negate our existence. Instead, it eliminates the federal funding for an RC&D coordinator and
other contributions by the NRCS to the RC&D program.
Here at High Country, we have been in business for nearly 32 years as a 501(c) 3 non-profit. We
look forward to the future with optimism and renewed enthusiasm. As ever, our programs will
continue to provide valuable assistance to farmers, ranchers, forestland owners and communities in
High Country RC&D Area:
The High Country RC&D Area, one of nine RC&D's in Idaho, was authorized in August 1979 and now serves over 185,000 people. The Area covers over
12.5 million acres encompassing nine counties in East- Central Idaho (Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton) and a portion of Teton County, Wyoming. Seventy-six percent of the land is federally owned.
The High Country RC&D Area is sponsored by counties, cities and conservation districts in the region. An Area-Wide Council of elected members and
appointed officials represents our sponsors and acts as the policy-making
body for the RC&D Area. One member from each county serves on our Board of Directors. The Council has developed an area-wide plan which includes long-range priorities, objectives, and courses of action.
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