Organization of the District
Formed by landowner initiative in 1951 pursuant to California Public Resources Code 5800 – authorities, powers and structure contained in chapter 3, sections 9151-9155.
Mission of the District
Providing services and education to landowners supporting their management and stewardship of soil, water and natural resources.
Function of the District
To make available technical, financial, and educational resources and coordinate them to meet the needs of residents and accomplish the mission of the District.
Vision of the District
To create a positive impact on the social, environmental and economic viability of our community.
Natural Resource Priorities
- Assist landowners in implementing sustainable resource management practices.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of issues/concern within the region
- Target critical resource areas and areas of concern and determine potential conservation/restoration projects.
Critical Geographic Areas
All watersheds located within northern San Luis Obispo County and southeastern Monterey County.
Education & Outreach Priorities
- Educate landowners on sustainable use and management of natural resources.
- Increase community awareness of the RCD’s mission, functions and programs.
District Operations Priorities
- Secure sufficient financial resources to accomplish the mission of the RCD.
- Expand community awareness of the RCD and its programs.
- Increase diversity of board membership to represent a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Build and strengthen partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
- Increase support from governing agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.
- Build a strong team of technical staff.
- Develop a membership program.
Trends Impacting Conservation in the District
- Increasing demand for resources.
- Changing land use patterns/trends and increasing land development.
- Changing regulations and policies, especially related to water quality and quantity.
- Changing demographics and economics.
Strategies to Address Trends
- Implement priority actions through the Strategic Plan.
- Continual investment in professional development of staff in order to provide effective and efficient natural resource management assistance.
- Continual communication with land owners to keep them informed of resource changes.
- Develop comprehensive awareness of constraints on availability of resources.
- Develop effective strategies to evaluate programs and initiatives implemented by the RCD.
Key Decision Makers
- Residents and landowners in northern San Luis Obispo and southeastern Monterey County.
- RCD board and staff members.
- SLO County Planning Department, Public Works, and Board of Supervisors.
- State and Federal Policy Makers.