south central washington resource conservation & development (rc&d) council
south central washington resource conservation & development (rc&d) council
south central washington resource conservation & development (rc&d) council

creek in the upper yakima river basin

yakima river canyon

yakima river canyon

mt adams

river sampling

Providing Leadership in Conservation Collaboration!

The South Central Washington Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is dedicated to providing leadership in the collaborative conservation of natural resources for the benefit of our local communities.  We do this by maintaining partnerships with other local, regional, state, and federal organizations to gather resources needed to find solutions to resource needs in the areas we currently serve. Our primary service area is Kittitas, Yakima, and Benton counties, but we do offer our services throughout Wasington State.  We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing many services such as:

  • Developing new collaborations that can work on unique strategies to address long-term resource concerns.
  • Providing financial services through fiscal sponsorships and other means.
  • Assisting organizations with project planning, funding administration, and group facilitation.
  • Providing technical assistance, education, and training to support land use practices that protect the region’s natural resources.

The RC&D program is about forming partnerships and providing assistance to Make Things Happen!  We strive to improve the quality of our community through Natural Resource Conservation and Community Development projects.  Our Board of Directors is made up of local member representatives who understand the unique needs of our communities. Our members include:

  • Cities & Counties
  • Tribes
  • Conservation Districts
  • Non-Profit Groups
  • Local NGOs and other Local Groups
  • Other Local Groups

RC&Ds have been working across the nation since the 1960s with the goal of making a true difference on the ground and in our communities.  We are known nationally for being able to get things done!  We encourage everyone to get involved in your local RC&D council. Contact Us to find out how!


In the News!


The South Central Washington RC&D Council won a 2012 Forterra Conservation Innovation award for the 'Reecer Creek Restoration Project'. We were honored to accept this award on behalf of the many organizations who worked together to make this project successful. Check out the video below of all the 2012 award recipients (9 min, 20 sec).

To read more about the 'Reecer Creek Restoration Project', 8 years in the making, click here.



RC&D - Providing Leadership in Conservation Collaboration!


Fire Adapted Communities

RC&D Board of Directors Meetings

See 2015 Schedule


Yakima Tributaries Access and Habitat Program

YTAHP Meeting Schedule


On Farm Eco Certification


Creative Solutions For Cleaner Water