Resource Conservation Districts

RCDs pursuing carbon farming

Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are the local partner best positioned to plan, implement, and scale Carbon Farming across California. Formed during the Dust Bowl Era, RCDs have been working with farmers, ranchers, and foresters for decades to implement soil, land, and conservation practices, many of which help improve soil quality, increase soil organic matter (SOM), and restore ecosystems.

RCDs have knowledge of local ecological conditions, conservation strategies, and the needs of agricultural communities; they have a long history of creating successful partnerships with local, state and federal agencies to implement on-the-ground conservation projects. Currently, there are ninety-six (96) RCDs across California, providing technical assistance to farmers and land managers and leading implementation of on-farm conservation practices. RCDs utilize multiple sources of funding to augment and build strong local programs and partnerships.

Resource Conservation Districts are already actively working with farmers and ranchers on Carbon Farm Plans and implementation. Currently, we have interest from 25 RCDs from a wide geographic area encompassing a multitude of different climatic regions, ecosystems and soil types to create a broad scientific knowledge base and the potential for scale. To support this growing statewide effort, CARCD serves as a formal networking hub for carbon farming, providing technical training, securing federal, state and local resources, and serving as an administrative foundation across the RCDs. In addition, CCI and Fibershed are working with producers in a number of regions on CFPs, including small producers in Fibershed’s network.