RC&D Councils originally established by Congress
Congress established the RC&D program in the 1960s under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to encourage volunteer, locally elected and civic leaders to plan and carry out resource conservation and development projects.
Today, there are 375 RC&D Councils across the nation, including Guam, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Federal funding for RC&D programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) ended in 2011, but local RC&D Councils continue to operate as non-profit entities.
The Albemarle RC&D Council and nine other RC&D Councils in North Carolina develop programs and projects in the following areas:
Members: Two representatives, one from local government and another from the Soil & Water Conservation District, are appointed from each of 10 counties in northeast North Carolina. Local civic or business leaders may be appointed as at-large members as additional representatives from each county
To wisely conserve natural resources and create opportunities for positive economic and community development.
Jon Mendenhall- County Government