What is RC&D?
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What is RC&D?
 
    Texaspinestraw.
    tamu.edu
    National Association of
    RC&D Councils
    Texas Forest Country

    texasrcd.org

About Resource Conservation and Development

The purpose of the RC&D program is to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources, improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in designated RC&D areas. Current program objectives focus on improvement of quality of life achieved through natural resources conservation and community development, which leads to sustainable communities, prudent use (development), and the management, and conservation of natural resources.

RC&D is an exciting program led by local community leaders. The program began in the 1960's to address rural poverty and help rural communities generate sustainable natural resource-based economies. Although today, many RC&D areas are not rural or poor; the need for the RC&D concept is just as strong as ever. RC&D is collaborative, multileveled, action-oriented, and inclusive. RC&D’s are locally sponsored areas designated by the Secretary of Agriculture for RC&D technical and financial assistance program funds. In the Pineywoods RC&D Area, there were several founding members that worked on the Application for Assistance, which was approved by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1992. RC&D is a permanent USDA program but lost federal funding in 2011. Pineywoods RC&D receives support from local sponsors and grants.

The RC&D Council is the heart of the RC&D concept. The Council is a membership-based nonprofit entity that is established and run by volunteers to carry out the mission of the RC&D. The Council is composed of members that are key community leaders. The Council is dedicated to implementing the "Area Plan", a community-driven strategic long-range plan to improve the quality of life in the RC&D Area. The Council also periodically evaluates its progress on the Area Plan and gathers input from the community. Each county within the RC&D Area is represented by a Council member.

The Executive Board manages the affairs of the RC&D Council as an incorporated 501(c) (3). The Board formally approves the Area Plan, mission, policies, budget, projects, and hiring of Council Staff. Essentially, the Executive Board ensures that the organization is well managed and running properly in order to obtain the objectives of the RC&D Council.

*Serving Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Trinity Counties*

 

Executive Board of Directors

Doug Page

Chairman

Willie Kitchen

Vice Chairman

Gary Thomas

Treasurer

Don Iles

Director

Duke Lyons

Director

Charles Simmons

Director

Brian Sims

Director

Craig Caldwell

Director

Chad Nehring

Director

Bill Hale

Director

Floyd Yancy

Director

 

RC&D Staff

Ken Awtrey

Coordinator

Jo Nell Haltom

Program Assistant

 

Conservation Districts

Anderson-Houston

Cherokee

Davy Crockett-Trinity

Nacogdoches

Piney Woods

Rusk

Shelby County SWCD

Upper Neches

 

Cities

City of Hemphill

City of Nacogdoches

 

Counties

Anderson

Angelina

Cherokee

Houston

Nacogdoches

Rusk

Sabine

San Augustine

Shelby

Trinity

 

At Large

Area At-Large

Deep East Texas Electric Co-op

Angelina & Neches River Authority



Pineywoods Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.
202 East Pilar, Room 129
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Tel: (936) 568-0414
Email: pineywoodsrcd@att.net
kenawtrey@yahoo.com