401 East Louther St., Ste 307 | Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-241-4361 | Fax: 717-240-0548
Email: webnotification@capitalrcd.org

About Capital Area RC&D

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.


Meet The Capital Area RC&D Council

2014 Capital RC&D Board, Advisory Members, and Staff: Back row (left to right) - Frank Meehan, Sallie Gregory, Kim Falvey, Kelly Koch, John Bingham, Kent Gardner, Jared Boger, Bob Sentz, and Cheryl Burns.  Front row (left to right) - Susan Richards, Lisa Lauver, Stephanie Harmon, Vy Trihn, Pat Devlin, and Courtney Accurti.    Not pictured - Bill Ames, Randy Colonna, Julie Flinchbaugh, Carl Goshorn, George Hurd, David Keller, Mark Kimmel, Jeff King, Fran Koch, Donald McNutt, Skip Memmi, Eric Naguski, Nedette Otterbein, Dru Peters, Randy Phiel, Janet Pollard, David Stoner, Jim Szymborski

2017 Council Meeting Schedule
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

Message from the CARCD Chair

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."

Capital RC&D Chair, Pat Devlin

 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. 


Pat Devlin

Capital RC&D Chair


Meet the CARC&D Staff

Susan Richards, Capital RC&D Program ManagerSusan Richards, Capital RC&D Executive Director

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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 AdministratorKathy Greiner, Capital RC&D Program Administrator

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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 Agricultural Outreach SpecialistCheryl Burns, Capital RC&D Project & Outreach Manager

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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.

Capital RC&D Bylaws

2016 Independent Auditors Report

2015 IRS Form 990 (for the fiscal year ending 9/30/2016)

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report