The Little Colorado RC&D was organized in 1971 to address the conservation and development of natural
resources. During the early years, emphasis was placed on water resources and soil erosion projects.
More recently, the Council has placed a higher priority on community and rural economic development
with sustainable natural resource based industry. The mission statement and goals reflect the new
direction the Council is pursuing.
TO SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS PROVIDING LEADERSHIP IN NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN
EAST-CENTRAL ARIZONA COMMUNITIES.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - Develop and improve infrastructure and services in rural communities.
RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Develop sustainable natural resource based industries.
CAPACITY BUILDING - Assist local leaders to address rural development issues.
CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES - Promote conservation, development, and sustained use of land, water, plant, and animal resources.
HISTORICAL RESOURCES - Protect and develop cultural and historic sites and natural features for recreation and tourism.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES - Promote conservation, development, and sustained use of land, water, plant, and animal resources.
Since 1992 the Little Colorado RC&D has sponsored five grant writing workshops training 150 people. This
has brought additional resources to meet needs in rural Arizona.
Organized the Northern Arizona Sustainable Forest Partnership. A collaborative partnership of industry,
environmental and government to promote ecological based forest initiatives which serves to promote
sustainable forest health, employment and provide opportunities for economic diversification.
The partnership brought together the necessary resources to engage Dr. Richard Mirth and Dr. Debra Larson
of Northern Arizona Universitys College of Engineering and Technology to author a study titled "Potential
for Using Small Diameter Ponderosa Pine Resources in Arizona." This study has been the basis for our