Jackie Wasche | CCRCD Natural Resource Coordinator
On the eastern side of Colusa County, just outside the town of Colusa, lies an agency that not many people know of – but should. That agency is the Colusa County Resource Conservation District (CCRCD). This organization is only 1 of 97 in the state of California, solely dedicated to helping landowners and other agencies conserve natural resources. They were formed from the Dust Bowl in the 1930s as a way to connect the Natural Resource Conservation Service (also known as the NRCS, a federal agency) to landowners at the local level. At the time they focused on soil conservation and erosion control.
Today, the CCRCD continues to reach out to landowners, agencies, and the public to inform them of the financial assistance programs that NRCS has to offer. These programs provide landowners the opportunity to implement conservation on their lands at a reduced cost. Some programs help create brand new conservation projects, while others are solely to help broaden established projects. Programs that help farmers and ranchers update irrigation equipment are also available. There are even some that are only for rice growers! Examples of the practices that are supported by these programs include fencing for grazing management, nutrient management, implementing hedgerows for pollinators, removing invasive weeds, planting cover crops, and much more. Farmers and ranchers learn about all of these practices from trained professionals, learning how and why they are used and how they benefit their land, crops, and animals.
In addition to helping promote the NRCS and these programs, the Colusa RCD performs a wide variety of projects that address much more resource concerns than just soil erosion. Soil health, invasive weeds, energy, water quality and quantity, food security, and public health are just a few of the issues that the Colusa RCD handles. Some of the projects the RCD has spearheaded include farm clean ups, watershed rehabilitation, hedgerow plantings, and food education. They are even responsible for the creation of the Colusa County Grown program!
So if you’re interested in learning more about the NRCS and their financial assistance programs, or the next time you see or think of a resource concern you would like addressed in the Colusa County community, come visit the Colusa County Resource Conservation District. The RCD is dedicated to its community and their natural resource concerns and will answer any questions you may have. You can visit their office at 100 Sunrise Boulevard Suite B in Colusa or give them a call at 530-458-2931.
-— Jackie Wasche is the Colusa County Resource Conservation District, Natural Resource Coordinator. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Colusa County Grown, visit colusacountygrown.org.