North Dakota Resource Conservation and Development Association
Dakota Prairies | Dakota West | Lake Agassiz | Northern Plains | Red River | Sheyenne James | Upper Dakota | Willliston Basin



The RC&D Program is a cooperative effort made possible through financial and technical assistance provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer leadership from eight North Dakota Resource Conservation and Development Councils in North Dakota. The strong relationship we have with partners is a big part of how RC&D is “MAKING THINGS HAPPEN” in North Dakota! RC&D is a unique program led by local Council volunteers, helping people work together to plan and carry out activities that will make their areas a better place to live. The decision-making body, called the Council, determines the projects of priority for the RC&D area served.

MAKING THINGS HAPPEN” is also what the North Dakota Resource Conservation and Development Association is all about.  The North Dakota RC&D Association membership is made up of representatives from each of the eight North Dakota RC&D Councils.  The Association is a non-profit organization that operates according to their established Articles and Bylaws.  Association members meet twice a year to address and implement the priorities that are highlighted in the North Dakota RC&D Association Strategic Plan.  The Association operates according to an established set of

Resource Conservation and Development is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was created by a provision of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962. The Secretary of Agriculture gave the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) responsibility for administrating the program. RC&D is based on the assumption that local citizens, with help provided through the USDA, can develop and carry out an action oriented plan for the social, economic, and environmental enrichment of their communities.

The RC&D Program is based on a number of concepts that make it a truly unique government program. These concepts include:

  • The value of public/private partnerships in making the best use of limited resources.
  • The value of grassroots involvement in making decisions about local areas.
  • Bringing USDA Agencies together to focus on the same problems and opportunities. 
  • Leveraging limited federal dollars with private funds to accomplish goals.
  • Working toward the goal of community sustainability.
  • Achieving a balance between rural economic development and natural resources protection.
  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.