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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
Aristotle, Parts of Animals
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)

Our Purpose

The Yuba County Resource Conservation District assists our landowners and land managers in providing stewardship of the County’s natural resources and educates stakeholders and policy makers about the County’s natural resource base.

Our Vision

The Yuba County Resource Conservation District seeks:

A safe and healthy rural environment;
A biologically diverse landscape; and
A healthy economy for the community

Our Role in Yuba County Land Management

Private land accounts for approximately 73 percent (298,000 acres) of Yuba County’s land base. Consequently, private landowners are vital to the long-term sustainability of the County’s natural resource base. The Yuba County Resource Conservation District (RCD) works with these landowners and land managers to enhance their stewardship of these private lands. In addition, the District works with the various government agencies that manage land within the County. These agencies include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Air Force, and other federal agencies, which manage approximately 21 percent (86,350 acres) of land within the County. The State of California (through the University of California, the department of Fish and Game and other agencies), manages roughly 4 percent (14,832 acres). The balance of publicly owned land (8,880 acres) is administered by various county agencies.

District Organization and History

Yuba County RCD is a legally constituted unit of State Government, organized under provisions of Division 9 of the Public Resources Code, State of California. The District has entered into a Basic Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A Supplemental Memorandum of Understanding with the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) further defines the relationship with the federal agency, and provides for technical and other assistance to the District. The District is also affiliated with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).

Yuba County RCD was formed on September 20, 1957. At that time, it was called Marysville Soil Conservation District. Since then, the District has expanded through a number of annexations, the latest of which occurred in 1974. Today, the District covers the entire County, excluding only the cities of Marysville and Wheatland. A board of five directors, elected at large to four-year terms governs the District.

District Size, Topography and Climate

Yuba County RCD covers 407,680 acres extending from the Feather River east across the Sacramento Valley and up the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Elevations range from 30 feet in the flat lowlands of the valley to approximately 4,800 feet in the northeast corner of the County. The topography varies from the floodplains along the rivers and lowland terraces to the rolling foothills and steep canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

With a typical Mediterranean climate, the county experiences hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters. The valley regions enjoy a frost-free growing season extends approximately 180 days a year. Annual precipitation ranges from 18 inches in the lowlands to as much as 80- inches in the higher elevations. The rainy season is typically from October to April. Total precipitation and timing vary greatly from year to year.