Western Shasta Resource Conservation District

Sacramento Valley Durable Collaboration

By Chester Anderson, District Manager, 5-13-18

The first face-to-face meeting of the durable collaboration effort for the Sacramento Valley Region of Resource Conservation Districts was held last week.

There are 10 RCDs in the Region. At the table were Yolo,Sutter, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Tehama, Lake, Plumas and Shasta Counties alongside with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts.

The purpose of the effort was to see if we can form an agreement between the RCDs to more efficiently address regional conservation issues. The agreement would allow private, state, and federal entities the ability to contract directly to the Sacramento Valley of RCDs to address regional conservation issues instead of having to develop and administer a number of regional contracts to address the same conservation issue across district boundaries.

The collaborative effort is funded by the Bechtel Foundation through the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts. The Association hired Solid Ground Consulting to facilitate the effort and Solid Ground provided us with Jim Morris. Jim is helped by Sara Schremmer of the State Association.

Collaboration is difficult, especially when there are so many players. The 10 RCDs in the Sacramento Valley Region bring a number of resources to the table that includes over 50 staff, 50 directors and a bunch of equipment including chippers, water trailers, herbicide applicators and a tractor.

The staff have a wide range of expertise from permitting projects, fisheries and riparian habitat restoration, water conservation for farms, water quality sampling, addressing forestry issues, reducing fire fuels, soil health services, to developing carbon farm plans. The Directors bring connection to and local support from each county which is critical to getting conservation done on the ground.

At minimum the staff and directors that were at the table felt that the potential for more efficiently addressing regional conservation issues was worth the extra effort. From this point forward the collaborative will hold a number of conference calls and at least one more face-to-face meeting to finalize an agreement.

Here is a picture of our Field Tech, Brian, mowing weeds for the RCD of Tehama County at our shared Jelly’s Ferry mitigation site. The Western Shasta RCD regularly collaborates with the RCD of Tehama County and we hope to expand these types of efforts throughout the Sacramento Valley to address things such as weed eradication, road erosion, forestry and fishery conservation issues across district boundaries.

Stay tuned.

Employee Spotlight - Ross Perry, Project Coordinator

By Kelli England, Field and Shop Supervisor, HR, 5-13-18

Ross presenting at the conference of the Salmonid Restoration Federation.

 Ross at the Bureau of Land Management - California Shasta Chappie OHV Area working on trails.

Growing up in Yreka, CA, Ross developed a love for the outdoors and an interest in conservation through hiking, skiing and spending summers guiding whitewater rafting trips on the Klamath River. After graduating from CSU Chico in 2013 with a degree in music and a special interest in jazz drumming, Ross moved back to Siskiyou County and started working for the Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District. There he assisted with water quality monitoring and riparian restoration on the Shasta River.

Ross joined the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District team in September of 2015 and has enjoyed the diverse range of projects he is exposed to as well as the ability to leave his mark on Shasta County through the RCD’s conservation efforts. He loves his work because he regularly gets outside and becomes intimately familiar with the natural resources of Shasta County he is working to conserve.

We do not receive any Special District taxes, we do not advocate, we do not lobby.

We do consensus based conservation and complete our projects at cost.

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Western Shasta Resource Conservation District, 6270 Parallel Road, Anderson, CA 96007

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