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 Recource 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?

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.

Ponderosa Fire Victims Share Lessons Learned

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.
To see how important this is, please visit the KRCR-TV Channel 7 website where a family that was a victim of the Ponderosa Fire shares their story on how the use of defensible space was critical in determining the fate of their property.
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.

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.

Current Projects

Just like the title says, this is a sampling of some of the projects we are currently working on, as well as recently completed projects that involve fuels reduction (to help reduce fire danger), ecosystem restoration and habitat mitigation. Here is an example of one of our projects:

Keswick Basin Management Plan (Project #38-06)
The portion of the Keswick Basin that contains the project area is located on the eastern side of the Sacramento River, with Shasta dam forming the Northern margin, and Keswick dam as the southern margin. The project area and its many trails are accessible from several points along Lake Boulevard, which runs from the Northwest corner of the city of Redding to Shasta Lake City. The Keswick basin watershed is approximately 30,814 acres, of which roughly 54% is private and 46% is public land (BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, US Forest Service). The basin ranges in elevation from 3,813ft at Sugar Loaf Peak to ~600ft at the Sacramento River.
The Keswick basin has a long history of logging, mining, and mining-related disturbances, stretching from the late 1800’s until about 1963. Many of the trails within the project area are remnants of the mining operations. Water-conveyance channels, ore-cart routes, and railways have all been converted into trails.
Western Shasta RCD’s primary job is to reduce erosion by decommissioning old roads and erosion-prone trails, and by the re-vegetation of key areas. To reduce the risk of fire danger, crews will be eliminating dead understory fuels and creating fire breaks as well.
Maintaining the Keswick basin recreation area as a fun, user-friendly, and ecologically responsible playground with its scenic and interesting features such as vistas and historic sites will greatly enhance the recreation experience.
The Bureau of Land Management has published an informative report written by local historian Dottie Smith that tells the history of the Keswick basin and Shasta Dam area. You can see it here.

But first, please visit our Current Projects page.

Public Notice

March 3, 2014 – The Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) is seeking public comments on a preliminary application to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) for the 2013/2014 grant cycle. The OHMVR provides for the management of off-highway vehicle recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes, and nonprofit entities. In addition the program supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, restoration, and conservation of trails, trailheads, areas, and other facilities associated with the use of off-highway motor vehicles, and programs involving off-highway motor vehicle safety or education. State regulations require annual public participation in this fund allocation process.
On Monday, March 3, 2014, the WSRCD submitted a preliminary grant proposal for consideration to the California State Parks, OHMVR Division. A 30-day public review and comment period is open from March 4, 2014 through April 7, 2014. The WSRCD requested funds for the following project:

Implementation of the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Restoration Plan

The Project information is available for review and comments beginning March 4, 2014 through April 7, 2014. Project descriptions and cost estimates can be viewed through the CA State Parks OHMVR Division Website at: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Hard copies are available for review at the WSRCD Office. Questions or Comments may be submitted online to ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov; to the CA State Parks, OHMVR Division Headquarters 1725, 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA. 95816; and the WSRCD Office, 6270 Parallel Road, Anderson, Ca 96007, attention: Leslie Bryan.



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