North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc.
Partnerships Serving Montana's Communities
The North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is a non-profit corporation, formed for the purpose of developing a regional effort to maintain and improve the quality of life for the residents of north central Montana. The North Central Montana RC&D is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and was authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on March 17, 1998.
North Central Montana RC&D Area, Inc. is organized and sponsored by 10 county governments (Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Phillips, Pondera, Teton, and Toole), 3 tribal governments (Chippewa Cree Tribe, Blackfeet Nation, Fort Belknap Indian Community), 11 Conservation Districts, 14 incorporated cities and towns and other individual members and interested development organizations.
The RC&D area spans 29,439 square miles (20% of Montana’s land area) and has an estimated population of 144,579 (2000 Census) which is approximately 20% of Montana’s population. This area, sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” produces approximately 30% of all Montana’s agricultural products (grain and livestock).
North Central Montana RC&D was created to work toward improving the economic and social conditions for the people of the area by:
• Creating and maintaining a regional organization which can address issues affecting north central Montana through consensus and collaboration.
• Develop and maintain a network of technical expertise capable of assisting with project design and implementation.
• Improve access to and assistance in securing funding for area projects.
Establish regional communications outreach to inform area residents of North Central Montana RC&D’s goals, objectives and programs.
RC&D's Across the Nation
There are 375 RC&D's across the nation (plus the Caribbean and Pacicfic Basins). They serve more than 85% of US counties and over 77% of the US population.
In fiscal year 2007, RC&D's completed more than 4,278 projects. These resulted in 855 businesses created and 1,503 businesses expanded; 6,762 jobs created; 5,265 miles of streams; 370,463 acres of lakes and 1.64 million acres of wildlife habitat improved. Nearly 837,000 people developed new skills and served over 22 million citizens nationwide.