Welcome to the Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District (SVRCD)|
The Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District was formed in July of 1953 and reached its present boundaries in 1957. Under Division 9, Soil Conservation Districts were originally empowered to manage soil and water resources for conservation, but these powers were expanded in the early 1970s to include “related resources,” including fish and wildlife habitat.
The District is managed by five non-paid volunteer directors. Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code, Chapter 3, Article 7, Sections 9314 and 9316 recommends that the Board of Supervisors select appointments from an applicant’s list that are landowners within the district and have demonstrated interest in resource issues.
Today, the District’s Board consists of persons whose backgrounds vary from agriculture, academia, geology and environmental sciences. This diverse Board has given the District a capacity to better serve the diverse population within its boundaries as well as handle current resource issues.
The District is currently developing an Associate Director program that will directly focus on stakeholder interests. Associate Directors are appointed to the RCD Board and must attend a required number of Board meetings each year. Associate Directors cannot vote on actions taken by the Board but their input will be critical for making sure all Board members fully understand the issues under discussion and how they might impact local stakeholders.
Until 2003 funding and project implementation was primarily managed by the Great Northern Corporation. In July 2003, this responsibility moved to the District and additional staff have been hired to accommodate the needs of carrying out conservation and restoration projects, in addition to financial management. Currently, the District manages 44 open funding contracts and employs 5 permanent staff members. In addition to permanent staff, the District also employs 2 temporary staff members and about 12 seasonal employees who work with the California Department of Fish and Game to run the Rotary Screw Trap operations in both the Shasta and Scott Rivers.
The Shasta Valley RCD service area includes the Klamath watershed and all its minor tributaries from the California State line near Keno to below Happy Camp, the entire portion of the Applegate River in California, the lower end of the Scott River, the entire Shasta watershed, and the Siskiyou County portions of the Sacramento watershed, McCloud watershed and Fall River watershed.
The Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District's mission is to enhance the conservation and economic stability of natural resources by coordinating and supporting landowner activities, both public and private, and by providing information, education, and project implementation to residents within all watersheds in the district boundaries.
The communities within the District’s boundaries will focus on using wisely locally available resources, will use faith and trust to resolve conflicts so we can build and maintain a strong economy in Siskiyou County. The rural character and environmental health of the region will be preserved for future generations through effective stewardship and sustainable agricultural activities by facing problems and committing to work for solutions. Restoration efforts will improve rural and urban areas for residents and visitors while enabling irrigated agriculture to remain profitable.
The region will prosper with a balanced and efficient use of economic and environmental resources that leads to a delisting of endangered species. Growth will be encouraged in safe areas to avoid fragmenting agriculture and forest lands and to maximize preservation of natural resources.
People within our communities will be informed about natural resources and external communities will become aware of the needs to sustain our rural lifestyle.