The Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District
Established in March 1951, the MDRCD is the largest of the 3,000 Districts across the nation. Total area that the District covers is 11,500,000 acres (17,969 square miles). The District is so large that you could include the states of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, and still have additional area remaining. The District is bounded to the north by Inyo County, to the south by Riverside County, to the east by the Arizona and Nevada borders, and to the west by Los Angeles Counties.
The MDRCD priorities include and continue to address major resources concerns that face the people within the Districts work area. These concerns are:
Wind erosion on cropland
Rural and urban lands
Stream channel stabilization and water quality
Water Conservation on cropland and in urban area
Proper range management on both private and federal leased lands
The MDRCD works in partnership with other government entities and various cooperators to meet the needs of economic conservation concerns throughout the District areas.
Dana Raponi - District Manager
Becca Everett - Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Nagy - Project Technician - ReLeaf
Tony Walters - Conservation Specialist - Irrigation Water Management
Belinda Serrano - Conservation Technician II
Luis Cortes - Conservation Technician I
Board of Directors
Chuck Bell - President
Paul Johnson - Vice President
Neville Slade - Director
Eldert Van Dam - Director
Meredith Hergenrader - Director
Resource Conservation Districts
There are over one hundred Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) in California. they are part of a national network created during the Dust Bowl days over 50 years ago. Each RCD is governed by local landowners and others who volunteer their time and talents to assist conservation programs in their community. RCDs assess conservation problems, set priorities, and coordinate federal, state, and local resources to bring about a solution. They do this with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resources Conservation District guidance and support from the California Department of Conservation.
To further strengthen the support RCDs provide to thousands of individuals and communities throughout the state, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) was established. This association's primary purpose is to serve its member districts in the conservation and wise use of the state's natural resources, believing that conservation problems have a better chance of being solved at the local level, by local people, based on focal priorities.
The shaded area in the map below shows the service area of the Mojave Desert RCD. In general, the boundaries are the Arizona and Nevada borders to the east, the Los Angeles and Kern County lines o the west, the Inyo County line to the north, the San Bernardino Mountains to the southwest and the Riverside County line to the southeast. The white areas within the shaded area are those not services by RCDs.