We partner with a variety of public and private agencies to coordinate planning and implementation of natural resource conservation projects in the Eastern Fresno County area.
Water Quality and Sustainability
Agriculture and Rangeland
Sierra RCD Active MOU’s with other organizations:
The district is currently working with the Southern Sierra IRWM to develop Watershed Action Plans for the Upper San Joaquin and Kings watersheds. We are also pursuing funding opportunities on behalf of the SSIRWM as a grantee for their projects.
The district spans multiple vegetation types and extremes of elevation the conservation activities run the full gamut. Historically the district has worked with conservation agency partners like the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide technical assistance, cost-share programs to encourage use of conservation practices on agricultural and rangeland, and educational activities. A number of conservation plans have been developed and implemented on private lands.
The district has been active in vegetation management projects, including prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads and fire risk. Additionally, the district has taken a leadership role In the development of voluntary Oak Woodland Guidelines for Fresno County and Rangeland Water Quality Guidelines. Directors review zoning petitions and provides information to the Fresno County Public Works and Development Departmenta1 reviews and responds to NEPA documents from the US Forest Service regarding that agency’s activities in the upper watershed areas, and reviews and responds to NEPA documents from the Bureau of Reclamation.
With the population moving to the foothills, roads and home construction is increasing. The popularity of horses and family livestock with families new to the area, combined with the zoning practice of “parceling” is contributing to an increase in soil erosion, a lack of residual dry matter exposing fragile soils, and compromising wildlife habitats and animal populations.
Fresno County is the largest agricultural production county in California and the nation producing over 3.5 billion dollars annually. Within the district, primary crops are: Oranges. Strawberries, Fruit Orchards, Nut Orchards, Vineyards, Olives, Asian Market Crops, Truck Garden Crops, Cattle &, Rangeland, Dairies,Timber, Honey.