Southern Appalachian RC&D FAC CoalitionMaking things happen for the Appalachian Mountains
The Mountain Valleys RC&D Council strives to initiate actions that will improve economic conditions, enhance, and/or preserve natural resources and balance land and water management activities in a widely divergent geographic area of North Carolina. It is their vision to conserve soil, water, and related natural resources while helping to achieve healthy economic growth and balanced land and water management. Mountain Valleys RC&D is governed by a twenty-one (21) member volunteer Board of Directors representing each of the eight (8) counties in our service region.
The Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Inc. was established in 1974 to develop, improve, and conserve natural resources and to provide employment and other economic opportunities to the people of the four-county area of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties. The Council was recognized in 1976. In 1997 the Council expanded to include Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties.
There is probably no region of the state in which the wise and productive use of natural resources is so closely linked with the region’s economic viability. From tourism to agriculture, almost all the region’s industries are based on the use of natural resources. The Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council, as the name implies, is dedicated to protecting and improving the use of this region’s resources to stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of living for all its citizens.
Volunteers do much of the work and coordination, giving of themselves to better the area they live in. They support projects that enhance social, economic, and environmental conditions in rural areas by finding technical and financial assistance from a variety of sources. The Mountain Valleys RC&D Council holds regular meetings on a quarterly basis. The Council works actively to create and complete conservation projects with the assistance of local volunteers made up of business people, community leaders, educators, and local citizens. Some of the Council’s projects concern soil erosion, leaf mulching and composting, dry fire hydrant installation, road bank seeding, river access areas, trout waste management, farmland preservation programs, water quality projects, and regional education centers. The Council works with other groups, when possible, to achieve common goals.