Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) is a program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Started in 1962, RC&D was designed to partner and link federal, county and local agencies with local community members to set regional goals for conservation initiatives as well as economic development (traditionally to support rural areas, but the program has gone beyond that to include many different types of activities and projects).
The RC&D program is designed to respond to the needs of communities through regional Councils. Council members represent county governments, conservation districts, business interests, non-profits and other community-based organizations. Council members bring a diverse cross-section of skills and interests to the table. Throughout the country there are more than one-hundred active RC&D Councils working within their communities to further locally-led conservation and development.
The Capital RC&D Council brings a variety of perspectives to developing and implementing the organization's plan of work. It also provides an important network for linking resources and programs that support Capital RC&D's vision and mission.
- Our Mission
- What is Capital Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D)?
- How does RC&D work?
- What type of projects does Capital RC&D work on?
- Who is involved in an RC&D?
- 2015 Plan of Work
- 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
|January 20, 2017||Adams County Conservation District office, Gettysburg, PA|
|March 17, 2017||Lancaster County Conservation District office, Lancaster, PA|
|May 19, 2017||Dauphin County Conservation District office, Harrisburg, PA|
|July 21, 2017||York County Conservation District office, York, PA|
|September 15, 2017||Lebanon County Conservation District office, Lebanon, PA|
|November 17,2017||Cumberland County Conservation District office, Carlisle, PA|
I am excited about our new five-year Strategic Plan for the Capital RC&D Area Council. I'm excited because this plan is different. It focuses as much - or maybe more so - on communication and partnership building as it does on programs and projects. And that's important for an organization whose mission is to "network people, resources and projects to promote responsible use and conservation of our region's natural, community, and economic resources."
If, five years from now, the community which we serve clearly knows and understands what Capital RC&D offers then I'll know we have succeeded. If conservation and agricultural organizations, landowners, farmer and local food systems, policy leaders, and funders know that we are here to serve them by filling service niches (e.g., being a fiscal agent) or providing programs that meet a need in conservation or sustainable economic development, then I believe we will grow as a truly collaborative, regional organization. I encourage you to get to know us better.
Capital RC&D Chair
As Executive Director, Susan has the opportunity to work with a talented and knowledgeable board of directors, partners and funders to support conservation and economic development in the Capital RC&D region.
A Cumberland County resident, Susan is an enthusiastic vegetable/ fruit gardener and cook. She also enjoys many outdoor sports.
Kathy Greiner, Capital RC&D Program Administrator
Kathy does the accounting for Capital RC&D. She maintains the budgets for each project to assure funds are not overspent, and prepares financial statements for the board of directors. She also assists with accounts payable/receivables.
Kathy enjoys gardening (predominantly flowers, but she does grow a few vegetables to share with the rabbits in her yard :)). She also enjoys hiking with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Cheryl Burns, Capital RC&D Project & Outreach Manager
Cheryl assists producers and landowners in identifying and utilizing conservation and agricultural programs. She also works closely with project partners and agency staff to ensure successful implementation and outcomes within organizational goals.
Cheryl is committed to supporting locally-owned businesses and does so especially in her love of gardening and cooking. She enjoys spending free time with her husband, young son, and Jack Russell Terrier.
2015 IRS Form 990 (for the fiscal year ending 9/30/2016)