Our planning efforts are coordinated through LandSmart®, a regional collaborative program that helps land managers meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams.
Comprehensive LandSmart plans are prepared with you and are geared to meet your needs. They describe the natural and agricultural resources of your property, document the practices that you use to protect natural resources, identify opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of natural resources on your property, and prioritize management practices according to your needs, goals, and timelines. Contact RCD staff if you are interested in having a LandSmart plan developed for your property.
The Gold Ridge RCD can provide financial assistance to landowners and land managers in addressing resource needs through grant-funded programs, which include a diverse range of conservation measures such as water conservation, water quality protection, erosion control, instream and riparian habitat enhancement, and comprehensive conservation planning. We continually strive to expand programs throughout our district, but as the RCD is almost exclusively grant funded, our ability to assist landowners financially is contingent on existing grants. Please contact RCD staff to determine how we can best assist you. Even if we don’t currently have a funding source to address a particular concern, we can offer technical assistance, or facilitate relationships with other entities that can help, such as the programs listed below. Additionally, we tailor our grant writing to meet landowner demand, and can work to incorporate your needs into future programs.
Projects that have a direct benefit to the landowner beyond resource conservation, such as road upgrades or water tank installations, may have a cost share requirement, stipulating landowners contribute a small percentage of the project cost. This contribution could entail cash, in-kind, labor, materials, or other means. Landowner cost share is project-specific, so please contact staff for more information.
The Gold Ridge RCD partners with numerous other agencies and organizations to maximize financial support available to our landowners and land managers. We can assist in helping you navigate opportunities through a number of programs, including:Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provided by the CA Department of Food and Agriculture.