About Us

History
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.

Mission
TO SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS PROVIDING LEADERSHIP IN NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN EAST-CENTRAL ARIZONA COMMUNITIES.

Goals
  • 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.

    Accomplishments
    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 continued projects.

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