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Resource Conservation and Development

The purpose of the RC&D program is to encourage and enhance the capability of volunteer local elected and civic leaders in designated RC&D areas to plan and carry out projects for resource protection and community development. Program objectives focus on "quality of life" improvements achieved through natural resource conservation and community development.

An RC&D Council consists of public and private sector sponsors and other local organizations that represent a diverse cross-section of community interests. This grassroots involvement is extremely valuable in shaping decision making at the local level. RC&D Councils provide a way for people to plan and implement projects that will make their communities better places to live.

RC&D Councils implement their plans through projects that may include natural resource improvement, community improvement, forestry, education, economic development, water quantity and quality, recreation and tourism, marketing and merchandising, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and waste management and utilization. In implementing their plans, Councils also obtain assistance for other local, state and federal organizations and foundations.

Columbia-Pacific Resource Conservation and Economic Development District

The Columbia-Pacific RC&EDD was established as a non-profit organization in 1972 to serve the region of rural southwest Washington. The council area now includes Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, spanning an area from Puget Sound to the Columbia River. This diverse area has a wealth of natural resources that are beleaguered by environmental, regulatory and economic challenges.

At Columbia-Pacific, we believe that a healthy natural resource based economy is the key to stable long-term prosperity for our area. We believe that society's economic health is directly related to its common bond to the natural environment, and that a healthy environment is the foundation of a thriving local economy. Good air and water quality, stable and healthy soils and biological diversity are essential for sustaining farming, forestry, fisheries and recreation.

The era of government coming in and solving problems has ended, as taxpayers are demanding more government service for less money. An active and participative approach to resource protection and management can create a positive climate for regulatory stability and voluntary resource conservation. Partnerships are becoming increasingly important as a means to leverage money and accomplishments. Managing cooperatively through partnerships is not an easy task, as it requires a shift in focus from competition to cooperation, and sharing credit for accomplishments.

The names of the organizations and individuals that have chosen to join and partner with the activities of Columbia-Pacific are listed on the Partner Page of our website.

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