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Merced Wildlife Refuge, Sandhill Cranes

East Merced Resource Conservation District acts as an independent local liaison between federal government and local landowners. We work closely in Merced county with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service ( NRCS — formerly the Soil Conservation Service).

EMRCD develops projects involving other California Resource Conservation Districts and conservation work groups. 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.

There are 99 California Resource Conservation Districts, most of which are funded largely through grants. The Department of Conservation and the NRCS provide training and in-kind support as well as a watershed grant program for RCDs.
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Water quality monitoring at Henderson park

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