In 1992, the RCD Board of Directors applied for grant funding to increase local and regional outreach and to investigate exciting on-farm practices that local growers and directors had been perfecting for years. Years later, we have a wide variety of programs, from planning and implementing farm and ranch conservation practices to research and monitoring projects.
Multi-year programs have engaged dozens of Yolo County farmers and ranchers who have adapted or improved then demonstrated integrated conservation practices. Most projects involve the cooperation and support of local, state and federal agencies and require extensive local matching funds, in-kind contributions, and extensive landowner input. The result has been the development of numerous conservation workshops, educational materials, watershed planning, conservation planning, a water use efficiency program for irrigated cropland, and the installation of tailwater ponds, seasonal wetlands, hedgerows, canal, roadside, and creek vegetation as well as other best management practices on public and private land..
All of these down-to-earth programs focus on getting conservation practices on the ground while evaluating their multiple benefits and impacts on the farms and farmers who implement them.
RCD partners in these efforts include first and foremost our local farmer cooperators, in collaboration with: the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California Department of Conservation, UC Davis, UC Cooperative Extension, California Department of Water Resources, City of Woodland, City of Davis, County of Yolo, Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District,Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner, Yolo County Supervisors, Audubon California, Center for Land-Based Learning, Putah Creek Council, Cache Creek Conservancy, Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation, and other local and regional RCDs.