Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) Mission

The mission of the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) is to provide leadership in the county and region to enhance natural resources conservation, preserve wildlife and habitat, and improve rangeland and agricultural management through partnerships, education, outreach, resource services and technical assistance to clients, and funding support.

The ACRCD and NRCS are not Government oversight agencies. Maintaining the trust of the landowners and ranchers is of the utmost importance.

Rural Roads Group Meeting

The Rural Roads group meets twice a year and is comprised of an ad hoc group of interested residents that live, work, or frequently use rural roads in District 1. Also attending the meetings are Alameda County staff from public works and the planning department, and representatives from the County Sheriff’s department and the Dublin office of the California Highway Patrol.

Since its inception in 2002 by Supervisor Scott Haggerty, the group has expanded to include rural, county roadways in the I-680 and SR 84 corridors. Efforts are currently underway to implement improvements in these corridors. Under current District 1 Supervisor David Haubert, the group has expanded to address issues with speeding and other unsafe driving behavior on rural roads, illegal dumping, and natural disaster road damage repairs.

You and your neighbors are invited to attend these meetings. Inquiries or reports about traffic on your road can be directed to the Supervisor’s Assistant, Lindsey Knight at [email protected].

Western Pond Turtle Conservation Research Expansion

The ACRCD is excited to announce the kick-off of the Western Pond Turtle Conservation Research expansion into Livermore/Tri-Valley. Thanks to the generous donations from passionate turtle lovers, the ACRCD purchased 10 GPS units that have been deployed inside Livermore city limits. These GPS units were placed on 5 male turtles and 5 female turtles. Data gathered on both sexes will allow us to better understand their lifecycles and help inform conservation efforts. Where do they hang out? Where far do they travel to breed?  Where do they nest? We are about to find out!

Already, ACRCD staff have witnessed several rare occurrences including a male traveling farther than we first thought possible and a potential female nesting event! This is only possible because of the innovative online mapping software that the GPS loggers you donated provide.

If you would like to stay informed about the Western Pond Turtle Conservation Research, please sign up for our email list here. We will only contact you regarding this project, including sharing cute turtle photos and unique findings!

Again, a big thank you to the donors who funded the 10 GPS units to help make this project happen. You are making a difference in our community and helping protect our turtles!

Join the ACRCD Board of Directors

Do you have a passion for natural resources, agriculture, conservation, education, land use, or biology?
If you answered yes, you’re encouraged to consider applying to join the Alameda County Resource Conservation District’s Board of Directors! Please submit your Board Application Form for consideration. Positions are open until filled. Apply today!
For more information about this opportunity, please review the Board Meeting schedule and agendas or contact Acting CEO, Marilyn Harvey.

Updated Available Funding Opportunities

Working together, the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are here to assist Ranchers, Farmers, and Land Managers with a variety of conservation best practices and funding! As of May 2024, the ACRCD and NRCS have funding available for specific conservation efforts and look forward to working with you! To decide which opportunities are best for you, visit the Funding Opportunities here.

Range Camp 2024 Camper Sponsorship Available

Attention aspiring conservationists!

Are you an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior interested in learning about rangeland science and natural resources? The Alameda County Resource Conservation District is looking to sponsor a camper for this year’s Range Camp!

This summer, from June 16th-21st, University of California Cooperative Extension and the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management are holding the 40th annual Range Camp at the beautiful Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. The goal of this week-long camp is to introduce students to the professional world of plant, animal, and landscape management and leave campers with a useful understanding of the diversity of career opportunities and educational programs that prepare students for those careers.

ACRCD can help cover the cost of attendance for one student and can help guide the sponsored student through the application process. Applications are accepted until all spaces are filled. If you’re interested in going to Range Camp and would like to be sponsored by the ACRCD, contact Owen Sowerwine at [email protected].

Alameda County Conservation Partnership

The Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) collaborate as the Conservation Partnership to serve as the lead conservation agency in Alameda County. We provide technical and educational services for natural resource conservation and agriculture enhancement. The Partnership collaborates with many partners including private landowners, local, state and federal agencies and other organizations to develop and implement various conservation and agricultural strategies. The ACRCD also works closely, on a fee for service basis, with public agencies and private sector companies, to help achieve conservation based goals.

Alameda County Conservation Partnership

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