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?

Clover Creek in Millville Restoration Project

The primary goal of this project is to improve fish passage and open up 10 miles of historic spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous fish by modifying the Millville diversion on Clover Creek.  The modification of the Millville diversion will restore stream flows during important periods of the year to allow fish migration, spawning and rearing of fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

The following documents are provided for public review:

Rancho Breisgau Restoration Project

The Western Shasta RCD is acting as the lead agency for the CEQA process of the Rancho Breisgau Restoration Project. The initial study/mitigated negative declaration for the project is available here. Contact Phil Cramer with any questions or comments at phil@westernshastarcd.org

Citizen Monitoring Program

The Citizen Monitoring Program is a good opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, help the environment, join a community of citizen-scientists, or just play in the creek.

The Citizen Monitoring Program consists of four components:
• Monitoring the health of streams by analyzing benthic macroinvertebrates (counting creek bugs), as well as other important indicators.
• Monitoring precipitation through CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network) network of observers.
• Bear Creek Well Monitoring Project.
• Nature's Notebook - Phenology is the study of key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year – such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds – especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate.
Learn more about it on our Citizen Monitoring Program page.

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.

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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