Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 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.
Our work is carried out through hands-on projects that address the conservation of local resources, such as: water quality monitoring, energy efficiency and renewable energy grants, stream restorations, and forest fire prevention.
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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 who meet regularly on a quarterly basis. Council members are the primary means of program delivery in our RC&D area.
There is probably no region of North Carolina 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 their time 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 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, trout water management, farmland preservation programs, stormwater management, renewable energy, community wildfire resilience, water quality projects, and regional education centers. We partner with local organizations and agencies to complete projects.