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Albemarle Resources Conservation and Development Council


The Albemarle RC&D Council, Inc. is a 501c3 organization that helps community groups and local governments in northeastern North Carolina carry out projects that protect natural and human resources while promoting economic development.

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:

  • Land Conservation
  • Community Development
  • Land Management
  • Water Management


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

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Method of Appointment:
County Commissioners


To wisely conserve natural resources and create opportunities for positive economic and community development.

Current Representatives:

Jon Mendenhall- County Government                      
Joe Harrell- Soil & Water Conservation

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