Sonoma Resource Conservation District

About the Sonoma RCD

The Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) is a local non-regulatory organization whose mission is to promote responsible natural resource management through voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance.

Since 1946, the RCD has facilitated natural resource conservation through community involvement, education, technical expertise and scientific research. The RCD is committed to utilizing voluntary, cooperative and scientifically sound methods to ensure that the natural resources of the watersheds within the District are sustained, conserved, restored and protected within a landscape of productive agriculture, growing cities, and wild lands.

A legal subdivision of the State of California, the RCD is organized to support natural resource management solutions through partnerships with individuals, organizations and agencies. Our function is to "make available technical, financial and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local community for conservation of soil, water and related natural resources."

We are overseen by a seven member Board of Directors and several Associate Directors volunteer their time to the benefit of local landowners and land managers and their natural resource concerns. Directors are local landowners in the district and are actively engaged with rural, agricultural, and natural resource conservation issues and businesses. The RCD receives between 3-5% of our annual budget from the county tax base. The remainder of RCD's annual budget comes from competitively sought grant funding to support our mission and the conservation goals of Sonoma County.