WHAT ARE RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS?
We are your partner in local conservation
Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), once known as Soil Conservation Districts are one of California’s earliest grassroots conservation organizations that identify conservation needs and support local land managers in implementing solutions on a voluntary basis.
The catastrophic soil losses of the dust bowl sparked national and state recognition that soil erosion was the greatest challenge to the country’s ability to feed its people and be a leader in agricultural production. Non-regulatory Conservation Districts were conceived by the federal government and were later sanctioned by the State of California in 1938 to provide assistance to local managers in addressing soil and resource conservation challenges.
Resource Conservation Districts are “special districts” of the state of California, set up under Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code. RCDs promote local conservation goals, often across multiple city and county jurisdictions. Most RCDs are funded primarily through grants and private donations for conservation projects that bring millions of dollars to local communities. Additional revenue is earned through fees for services.
RCDs are leaders in on-the-ground voluntary conservation efforts. RCDs are responsive and accountable to their communities. More than 98 California RCDs accomplish thousands of practical, hands-on conservation projects every year. Often these projects involve agriculture on private land, but RCDs also provide services related to water, habitat and fire prevention on private and public land including schools and parks.
California Association of
Resource Conservation Districts
The Cachuma Resource Conservation District is a member of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts. For more information on the Association and the other member Districts, see California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD).
Formation of the
Cachuma Resource Conservation District
The Santa Barbara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) formed the Cachuma Resource Conservation District (CRCD) in September 1992 by consolidating the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Cuyama Resource Conservation Districts. LAFCO Resolution 92-503
In July 1996, LAFCO further consolidated the CRCD with the Lompoc Resource Conservation District. LAFCO Resolution 96-291
The Local Agency Formation Commission is required to review and update, as necessary, the sphere of influence of the CRCD every five years. The last review was in 2018 and no change was made. LAFCO Resolution
1935 – Federal Soil Conservation Act established the USDA Soil Conservation Service
1937 – FDR Signed the Standard “State” Soil Conservation District Law – Sent to State Govenors Nationwide
1944 – Flood Control Act designated 11 watersheds in the US.
1944 – Santa Barbara Soil Conservation District formed
1946 – Lompoc Soil Conservation District formed
1950 – Santa Maria Valley Soil Conservation District formed
1972 – Cuyama Resource Conservation District formed
1972 – Soil Conservation Districts renamed to Resource Conservation Districts
1992 – Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley and Cuyama Districts consolidated to form Cachuma Resource Conservation District
1994 – Soil Conservation Service (SCS) renamed to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
1996 – Cachuma Resource Conservation District (CRCD) consolidated with the Lompoc Resource Conservation District