Upper Dakota Resource Conservation and Development Association
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Fact Sheet

Upper Dakota RC&D Introduction

The Upper Dakota RC&D Council is located in north central North Dakota, and is comprised of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward Counties, as well as a portion of the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation. Local leaders of this area organized the Council, which represents county commissioners, mayors, soil conservation district supervisors, tribal entities, and others.

The Upper Dakota RC&D Council will promote and develop the wise use of the natural, cultural, and human resources to improve the quality of life in the area. We are a nonprofit organization that links concerned citizens with the resources needed to solve local problems. The Council networks people and organizations, provides grant writing tips, assists in locating potential funding sources, and offers other forms of technical assistance.

Northern Lights Tower Project in Rugby Receives Native Plants

Northern Lights Tower in Rugby received assistance with landscaping with native plants.



Project Purposes – Elements

The RC&D Program helps to develop and implement project plans. Cost sharing available from the RC&D Program is considered as seed money to help the council attract funds from other sources. All projects must produce public benefits. The following elements are eligible for technical and financial assistance.

Land Conservation – Controlling erosion and sedimentation.

Water Management – Provides one or more clear environmental or conservation benefits: to provide for the conservation, use, and quality of water, including irrigation and rural water supplies; the mitigation of floods and high water tables; the repair and improvement of reservoirs; the improvement of agricultural water management; and the improvement of water quality.

Community Development – Improving the development of resources based industries; the protection of rural industries from natural resource hazards; the development of adequate rural water and waste disposal systems; the improvement of recreation facilities; the improvement in the quality of rural housing; the provision of adequate health and education facilities; the satisfaction of essential transportation and communication needs; and the promotion of food security, economic development, and education.

Land Management – Energy conservation, including the production of energy crops; the protection of agricultural land, as appropriate, from conversion to other uses; farmland protection; and the protection of fish and wildlife habitats.

Projects of Past Partners

Upper Dakota RC&D has assisted with projects in each of the element categories. Some of the past partnerships are: 

Land Conservation
• Mouse River Loop and Kenmare Envirothon Teams
Water Management
• ND Water Magazine (Special Edition)
• Mouse River Park Stream Bank Protection

Community development
• Grant Management
• Funding Searches
• Stanley Fire Protection Equipment
• Wolford Recreation
• Upham Picnic Shelter
• White Earth Bay Fish Cleaning Station
• Towner-Granville-Upham School Courtyard
• Women’s Ag Night in Pierce County
• Alternative Enterprise & Rural Tourism Workshop
Land Management
• Tri-County Range Tour
• Renville SCD Tree Disk

  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.