Our Mission:

The mission of the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District is to collaborate with willing landowners, government agencies and other organizations to facilitate the conservation or restoration of western Shasta County’s natural resources.

What We Can Do For You:

The Western Shasta RCD, through a partnership with local, state and federal agencies, can help you with obtaining technical and financial assistance for improving or restoring your land. We have a convenient list showing what we offer on our printable Fee for Service document. You can also visit our Landowner Assistance page for more information.

What's So Special About Special Districts?

Western Shasta RCD is a member of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), and the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

Most Californians don't understand special districts and most of us don't know how many exist (about 3,400), what they do, who runs them, or even what they cost. For an informative citizen’s guide to Special Districts in California, read What's So Special About Special Districts.

You can also read this one-page guide by the CARCD called What is an RCD?

Request for Proposals

Water Quality Monitoring: Mercury

Lower Clear Creek Aquatic Habitat Mercury Abatement Project

The Western Shasta Resource Conservation District is seeking proposals from qualified geologists to develop and implement a three-year water quality monitoring program that will assess the effects and benefits of the Lower Clear Creek Aquatic Habitat Mercury Abatement Project. This project proposes to remove mercury-contaminated sediments that remain in Lower Clear Creek as a result of decades of extensive mining activity from a location outside of the existing flood plain of Lower Clear Creek, and to separate the gravels from the fine sediments. The overall objective of this project is to enhance habitat for fish and terrestrial species such as riparian birds, while reducing mercury loads in Lower Clear Creek.

The proposed monitoring program should be designed to address the following questions:

  1. Has the project resulted in a change in mercury loading from Lower Clear Creek?
  2. Do gravel processing activities result in mobilization of mercury?
  3. Does gravel processing effectively remove mercury from sediments (sands and gravels)?
  4. Does the created wetland contribute to methylation of mercury and release of methylmercury to Lower Clear Creek?
Click here for the complete RFP.

Please mail all hard copies of proposal to the Western Shasta RCD at the address listed below.
Proposals will be accepted through December 30, 2015
Please contact Maureen Teubert for more information at: maureen@westernshastarcd.org
Western Shasta Resource Conservation District
6270 Parallel Road
Anderson, CA 96007
(530) 365-7732

Managing Flood Risk: A Guide for Successful Mitigation

This guide is intended for any city or town that needs to address their flood risk and is willing to take the initiative to seek funding and develop proposals to reduce or eliminate flood risk in their watershed. The guide includes resources on how to engage the community and build partnerships, develop competitive grant proposals, seek funding from state and federal agencies, and success stories of communities that have dealt with flood risk issues.

Fire Safe Plans

For many years, we at the Western Shasta RCD and The Shasta County Firesafe Council have been preaching the benefits of defensible space. Creating defensible space essentially means to modify or reduce the trees and brush around your home so you, the homeowner, or firefighters can safely defend against a wildfire.
For additional information, please review our web page titled How to Be Fire Safe that we designed to help educate landowners on how to make their home and property safe from wildfire damage.

See the Fire Safe Plans for your area (pdfs):

For the Shasta County Fire Safe Council Fire Plan Base Map, click here.

BLM / Interlakes Stewardship Agreement

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) entered into a ten year stewardship agreement to cooperatively manage the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area in Shasta County. Learn more about it here...

Natural Resource Education

Please visit our Natural Resource Education page where we provide information on watersheds, wetlands and our environmental education program that is good for all ages.

 Kids Corner!

Take a look at our Kids Corner page that's devoted mostly to the K-12 crowd, yet has stuff for kids of all ages, even you!

Which Watersheds Are in Our Area?

What is a watershed? Why are they important? The answers to these questions, and many more are on our Local Area Watersheds page.

Upcoming board meeting

The upcoming board meeting agenda can be found here.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a proud partner in our community, and pleased to offer educational programs, exhilarating exhibitions and quality entertainment. Learn more about what is going on at the park here.

In a unique partnership, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Western Shasta RCD are joining together to lend Mother Nature a hand to restore native forest and riparian habitats throughout western Shasta County through the  Plant-A-Tree program.



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