.....To initiate actions that will improve economic conditions, enhance and/or preserve natural resources and balance land and water management activities in a widely divergent geographic area of North Carolina.
.....Conserving soil, water, and related natural resources while helping achieve healthy economic growth and balanced land and water management.
"RC&D" stands for Resource Conservation and Development. Resource conservation and development is a unique process that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve their area's economy, environment, and quality of life. Local RC&D Councils provide a way for people to plan and implement projects that will make their communities a better place to live. They bring together people, needs, concerns, opportunites, solutions, and resources.
The Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Inc. was established in 1974 to develop, improve, and conserve natural resources and to provide employment and other economic opportunities to the people of the four-county area of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties. The Council was recognized in 1976. In 1997 the Council expanded to include Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties.
The RC&D Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit, action-oriented organization which provides the opportunity for local people to develop and carry out activities to achieve rural development and conservation. The strength of the RC&D Council is in the commitment of local people to solve their own problems. The Council is presently made up of 23 representatives (or Council members) of local sponsors. Council members are the primary means of program delivery in our RC&D area.
There is probably no region of the state in which the wise and productive use of natural resources is so closely linked with the region’s economic viability. From tourism to agriculture, almost all of the region’s industries are based on the use of natural resources. The Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council, as the name implies, is dedicated to protecting and improving the use of this region’s resources in order to stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of living for all its citizens.
Much of this work and coordination is done by volunteers giving of themselves to better the area they live in. They support projects that enhance social, economic, and environmental conditions in rural areas by finding technical and financial assistance from a variety of sources. The Mountain Valleys RC&D Council holds regular meetings on a quarterly basis. The Council works actively to create and complete conservation projects with the assistance of local volunteers made up of business people, community leaders, educators, and local citizens. Some of the Council’s projects concern soil erosion, leaf mulching and composting, dry fire hydrant installation, road bank seeding, river access areas, trout waste management, farmland preservation programs, water quality projects, and regional education centers. The Council works with other groups, when possible, to achieve common goals.