The idea of forming local conservation districts was born in the early 1930’s when soil erosion, dust storms, and floods swept the nation and aroused public concern. Congress passed Public Law 46 in 1935 declaring soil and water conservation and wise land use a national policy. The federal government began programs of technical and financial assistance. What was needed, however, was informed participation and cooperation of local citizens. In 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to governors of all states recommending legislation allowing landowners to form conservation districts. Today, there are more than 3000 conservation districts throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that provide assistance to landowners. In California, Soil Conservation Districts began formation across the state in the 1940s. Many have been consolidated over time so that of the hundreds of districts that once existed in California, 103 now remain. 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. This expansion of powers was reflected in the name change from “Soil” Conservation Districts to “Resource” Conservation Districts in 1971. The Siskiyou Resource Conservation District (RCD) has been in operation continuously since a referendum and election was held on May 17, 1949 approving the creation of this non-taxing special district within the County of Siskiyou. The Siskiyou RCD is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of five non-paid volunteers. The District has elected to have the expired terms of directors filled by appointment by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. Division 9 recommends that the Board of Supervisors select appointments from an applicant’s list that are landowners within the District and have demonstrated interest in soil and water conservation issues.
The Siskiyou Resource Conservation District was originally organized in accordance with Division 9 of the Public Resources Code of the State of California and authorized to provide conservation work within its boundaries. The District has the legal authority to cooperate with the United States, the State of California, counties, cities, public districts, other resource conservation districts, persons, associations and corporations. With the consent of the owner, the District also has the authority to conduct on privately owned or publicly managed lands necessary work for the prevention and control of soil erosion, water conservation, and the management of related resources including fish and wildlife habitat. The expenditure of public funds for planning, designing or implementing of resource conservation work constitutes expenditure for the general public benefit. Publicly funded projects are contractual agreements between the District and the public agency(s) with expressed land owner/manager consent being required for on-the-ground implementation of projects. It is District policy to obtain complete landowner/manager approval before proceeding with any project..
Sphere of Influence
The District consists of 1,176,160 acres of privately (294,160 acres) and publicly (882,000 acres) owned land in the Scott River watershed, Salmon River watershed, and portions of the Klamath River. The towns of Fort Jones, Greenview, Etna, and Callahan are excluded. Portions of the Shasta National Forest in the southern end of the District, and the Klamath National Forest in the western and northern portions of the District are included. Small portions of Indian Lands are also included.
Board of Directors
Caroline Luiz - Board Chairman
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) are filed with the Siskiyou County Clerk
Lindsay Magranet - Acting District Manager
Brenda Hurlimann - Bookkeeper
Erich Yokel - Technical Advisor
Preston Harris - Contracted (Third-Party) Project Coordinator
Lea Van De Water - Technical Writer
Erik Ryberg - Technical Writer
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