The RCD has been at the forefront of natural resource management
and protection in Monterey County and the Central Coast. We work extensively
with growers, ranchers, landowners, and partner organizations and
agencies throughout the Central Coast to accomplish our mission. The
RCD works closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) to provide technical assistance to Monterey County landowners,
growers and ranchers. The USDA Service Center in Salinas hosts an
NRCS staff of nine with expertise in agronomy, range management, engineering,
soil science, hydrology, plant science, and biology.
The RCD staff includes technical specialists with expertise in a
variety of areas, including permitting, project funding, hydrology,
engineering, weed management, erosion control, and species protection.
In accordance with the current 5-Year Strategic Plan, the RCD provides landowners and growers assistance with conservation
planning and design,
permitting and implementing
management practices. The
RCD works with local researchers to develop new
ways to improve water quality, and to evaluate
the effectiveness of management practices. The RCD
also assists landowner and grower applications to funding sources
such as the USDA
Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The RCD has demonstrated success in education, outreach and conservation
and restoration project design and implementation. During the past
10 years, RCD-NRCS teamwork has resulted in the establishment of
voluntary conservation and restoration projects on over 80 farms
by collaborating with over 160 farmers and land managers.