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RC&D projects are investments in communities and the people who live in them.

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Contact your local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, or Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service.


What is CNY RC&D?
Central New York Resource Conservation and Development Project, Inc., is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization, located in Norwich, New York. The RC&D program is a USDA program, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, that supplies federal support to the local CNY RC&D Council.

The People of RC&D
Ask people why they're involved in RC&D and you'll get all kinds of answers. Some want to work with environmental issues. Some are business people who want to use their resources to help their communities prosper. Others bring assistance from Local, State, or Federal government. But whatever their reasons for being involved in RC&D, they have one thing in common--the desire for better communities. The volunteer spirit, too, is alive and well and living in the Nation's RC&D areas. Each year, RC&D receives from its volunteers more than $30 million in contributions in time, cash, materials, and grants.

Twelve counties
The CNY RC&D region covers twelve counties; Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, and Tompkins.

Local council representatives
CNY RC&D Council is made up of representatives from twelve member County Legislatures and Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Issues of Concern are identified by the local Council, which then develop a long range plan with objectives/goals to address identified problems/opportunities.

Funding and support is typically obtained from federal (e.g. USDA-NRCS, Appalachian Regional Commission), state (e.g. Empire State Development, NYS DEC), and county (e.g. County Legislatures, SWCD's) sources, as well as from private foundations and organizations (O'Conner Foundation, The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship -  CADE, Inc.) supporting similar objectives to those of CNY RC&D.


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Linda J. Kays
Norwich, New York
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