East Merced Resource Conservation District acts as an independent local liaison between federal government and local landowners. We work closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service ( NRCS — formerly the Soil Conservation Service). EMRCD develops projects involving other local conservation districts and conservation workgroups. We pursue funding to assist landowners with meeting conservation objectives and/or regulatory compliance.
Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are the states’ only grassroots conservation delivery system that identifies local conservation problems and guides solutions on a voluntary basis. RCDs address a wide variety of conservation issues such as water and air quality, wildlife habitat restoration, soil erosion control, conservation education, the preservation and awareness of nature and natural resources. In California, RCDs are “special districts” organized under the state Public Resources Code, Division 9. Each district has a locally elected or appointed volunteer board of directors made up of landowners or their designee in that district.
- Preserve and enhance the river and floodplain environment along the Lower Merced River (from Merced Falls bridge to San Joaquin River);
- Preserve and enhance rangelands/Vernal Pool grasslands in Eastern Merced County;
- Address water quality issues in the crop and dairy-land regions of Eastern Merced County;
- Preserve agriculture lands;
- Protect surface water and groundwater quality and quantity;
- Protect and enhance soil health and air quality;
- Develop positive relationships with local, state, and federal legislators;
- Promote awareness of natural resources issues unique to Merced County;
- Develop/distribute technical information on wetland resources and wildlife habitat; and
- Support management and education efforts for noxious weed control.
To learn more about Resource conservation you can watch this video “A State of Harmony” witch depicts the shared land ethic behind the important protection and stewardship work being done by RCDs and Land Trusts in California. You can also contact us to learn more about EMRCD for more information.