About Us

Conservation:  The careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion.

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD) was founded on November 13, 1943 with a mission to promote responsible resource management.  The NCRCD is a state mandated, not-for-profit, Special District that is neither a regulatory group nor a county entity.  We are a “political subdivision” of the State of California (under California Public Resources Code, Division Nine, Section 9003), not funded by the state, and required to pay state sales tax.  We are federally tax-exempt under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service code and can accept donations as tax-free contributions.  We receive a small percentage of revenue from property taxes of Nevada County residents.  The NCRCD is governed by a board of 5 directors appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and is made up of local landowners who provide input for local resource management.
The NCRCD partners with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in assisting landowners and land managers in improving and conserving their land.  The NCRCD and the NRCS provide technical assistance regarding issues that include erosion control, pond management, invasive weed control, fuels management, wildlife habitat improvement, pasture, orchard and vineyard management, and rangeland management.
Our mission is to promote responsible resource management within our jurisdiction through education, leadership, technical assistance, and project facilitation.

We offer seminars throughout the year on conservation practices for western Nevada County landowners.  Topics have included Rural Property Management, Native Grass Meadows, The 'Dirt' on Soils, Minimizing Wildlife Impacts of Brush Control, Tree Diseases and Forest Health, Raising 'City' Chickens, Forest Raptors of Nevada County, Pond Management, Fire Ecology and Your Property, Northern California Bats, and Rural Irrigation.

Our office offers great planning tools, such as soil surveys, and other information that can help you determine if your property can accommodate your planned uses.  We promote grazing as a land management tool and we have a free loan program where landowners can borrow hand tools including a weed wrench, soil sampler, pond rake, and seed/fertilizer spreader.  We also offer a Minimum-Till Drill for rent.  Look under "Toolsfor more information!

Our vision is to educate and assist landowners and land managers in establishing a balance between a high quality rural environment, a biologically diverse landscape, and a healthy economy for the community.  

The NCRCD also collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies and community groups to encourage healthy forest practices and fuels management in our community.  We've developed numerous educational brochures and other materials for distribution to the public.

Geographic Boundaries (Click here for a .pdf version of the entire Sphere of Influence)