Northern Plains Resource Conservation and Development Association
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About Northern Plains RC&D Council

The Northern Plains RC&D Council is located in north central North Dakota and is comprised of the following counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey Rolette, and Towner.

The Northern Plains RC&D Council area covers 4,321,984 acres. The Council is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, operating in accordance with their Articles and Bylaws. Council meetings are open to the public and are held quarterly.

The Council surveys local partner communities to develop the five-year Area Plan which determines the goals, objectives and strategies that will be implemented to address the needs and opportunities indicated in the surveys. From that Area Plan, the Council then develops the Annual Plan of Work which prioritizes project activities for current year initiatives.

RC&D Councils are involved with projects that encompass the four main elements of every RC&D program - Land Conservation, Community Development, Water Management, and Land Management.


The Northern Plains RC&D was authorized in February of 1975.  In January of 1992, the Northern Plains RC&D Council held a re-organizational meeting an dadopted new bylaws to become a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  The Council received its Certificate of Incorporation in December of 1991.  The Council applied to receive authorization from the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Charitable Organization in December of 1991.  The letter of approval was received in May of 1992.


  All programs and services of the RC&D Councils are offered on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, disability or political beliefs.