The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council is a non-profit and non-governmental organization which was formed and officially incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization in November of 2002 to advance the conservation of natural and agricultural resources within Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties in Northern California. Initially, the US Department of Agriculture authorized the area under the Federal Farm Bill in the 1950s, and provided funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The funding included office space and the full time services of a coordinator to work with the Council to identify problems, establish goals and objectives, build strategies, and implement plans.
In spring of 2011, all funding and support from the NRCS abruptly ceased, including complete elimination of office space and the Coordinator position. Although the loss of NRCS support was challenging, our Council was well positioned to continue to implement its programs to achieve our goals and objectives. Over the eight years since this change in funding, the Council continues to grow and thrive through a diversification oif funding sources inluding governmental grants, private foundation grants, corporate giving, fundraising, and the generous donation by numerous individuals.
The Council works cooperatively with rsidents, forest and farm land owners, private groups, and governmental agencies in our 4-County area, forming partnerships whenever possible to achieve our goals. Our Council membership is diverse and generally consists of interested individuals as well as representatives of local government, Resource Conservation Districts (Gold Ridge, Marin, Mendocino County, Sotoyome, and Lake RCDs), tribes, and other non-profit organizations.