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NW AR RC&D 2014.
Northwest Arkansas Resource, Conservation & Development
About US

In 1962 Congress established a unique program within the U.S. Department of
Agriculture that empowered rural people to help themselves. The USDA focus was to
assist local people by providing tools and technical support to stabilize and grow
their own communities while protecting and developing natural resources. To carry
out the RC&D concept, diverse groups of local volunteers (The RC&D Council) are
brought together in a unique partnership to find solutions to their problems. Local
people are best able to determine needs and create solutions for their community.
The focus on local direction and control has made RC&D one of the most successful
rural development programs of the Federal Government. The focus of the program
provides for the sustainability of local economies and resources.

The NW AR RC&D Council, Inc. was officially designated as a non-profit corporation
in May of 1990 and has successfully completed many projects related to land
conservation, land management, water management and community development.  
The 19 member Board of Directors for the NW AR RC&D Council consists of one
representative from the NW Arkansas Economic Development District, one
representative  from each of the nine County Governments and one from each of the
nine Conservation Districts.                        
Our Mission

The mission of Northwest Arkansas Resource Conservation & Development
Council, Inc. (NW AR RC&D) is the social, economic and environmental betterment
of the rural communities in our nine county area which includes Baxter, Benton,
Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington
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The premise of the RC&D program is that the local people know what the local
people need. This makes each RC&D area unique in the scope of projects they
undertake. On this web site there is only room to feature a small sampling of the
many projects completed and still in progress that NW AR RC&D is or has been
involved in.  A list of just a few of those projects include:

  • Support of the HOPE Continuum
  • Energy Efficient Lighting for Poultry Houses
  • Assistance with Rural Developments REAP application
  • Partnership with Buffalo National River to Restore and Expand Natural
    Wildlife Habitat
  • Support of Home Town Health Improvement Programs
  • Ecotourism Development Manual
  • Rural Fire Protection Program
  • Harrison Skate Park
  • Water Feasibility Study
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Evironscape Demonstration
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Natural Hoof Care for Equine
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Pellet Grill and Pellet Heat Promotion