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Success Stories
 

Welcome to the Western RC&D Association Success Story webpage.  We are pleased to share at least one story from each of the 77 Councils within the 10 state area.  We think you will be impressed with the projects in terms of their scale and diversity.  In addition, highlighted Councils indicate that they have a website and we encourage you to visit their website as well.

We welcome new Success Stories year round.  Please submit stories to Kathy Dingman at webmaster@westernrcd.org.  Sample templates can be found at the bottom of the page.

We hope you enjoy these Success Stories!!
 

Arizona  
Cocopai RC&D 1) Library Project: Verde Valley Online Database Access - 2009
Coronado RC&D 1) Hay Mountain Watershed Water Quality Restoration Project - 2010
2)
Workshops for Small Acreage Landowners in Southeastern Arizona - 2010

1) Invasive Weed Program in Cochise County - 2009
2) Eagle Creek Watershed Restoration Double Circle Ranch Phase 2 - 2009
Hohokam RC&D 1) Natural Resource Education Center Coolidge, AZ - 2010

1) Business Suit Drive for Women
- 2009
2)
Grass Fed Beef Tour - 2009
Little Colorado River RC&D 1) 4th Annual Winter Watershed Conference & Other Snapshots - 2010

1) RAC Forestry Grant - Invasive Weeds - 2009

Lower Colorado River RC&D 1) Future Farmers of America and Colorado River Indian Tribe Garden Project - 2010

1) Water and Energy Seminar - 2009
2) Wellhead Water Information & Testing - 2009
3) FFA - Water Conservation Program - 2009
Navajo RC&D 1) Navajo Nation Local Work Group Meeting - 2010
2)
Farm Committee Expansion - 2010
3)
Agricultural Day in Many Farms, AZ - 2010

1) Youth In Ag Education - 2009

 

Colorado

 

Colorado Big Country RC&D 1) Colorado Big Country Assists Local Entrepreneur with Business Planning for USDA-inspected Slaughter Facility - 2010

1)
2009 Riparian Restoration Workshop - 2009
East Central Colorado RC&D 1) Community Energy Audits - Rural Services Pilot Project - 2010
2) Natural Resources Matching Grants for Conservation District
Partners - 2010

1) Four Schools Benefit from "Wind for Schools" Program - 2009
2) Community Energy Coordinator Positions - 2009
Northeast Colorado RC&D 1) Determining Feasibility of a Centralized Hog Waste Digester, Haxtun, CO - 2010
2)
Utilizing Liquid Beet/Cane Molasses for Nematode Control and an Alternative
    Organic Nitrogen Source
- 2010

1) Determining Feasibility of a Mixed-Feedstock Food and Ag Waste
    Digester  - 2009
2) In-service Training and Decision-Making Tools for Optimizing Livestock Mortality
    Management - 2009
Painted Sky RC&D 1) Business Technical Assistance - 2010
2)
Business Energy Efficiency Loan Fund - 2010

1) Painted Sky Receives $1 Million for Hartland Dam Project - 2009
2) Tamarisk Beetles Producing the Next Generation - 2009
Sangre De Cristo RC&D 1) Upper Arkansas Cooperative Weed Management Area - 2010
2)
Five-County Cultural Heritage Tourism - 2010

1) A Decade of Coop. Weed Management in the Upper Arkansas River Basin - 2009
2) Five Counties Cooperate to Increase Heritage Tourism in
Southern Colorado - 2009
San Juan RC&D 1) Silver Ledge Mine Reclamation - 2010
2) Improving Weed Management in Southwest Colorado Through Interagency
Cooperation
- 2010

1) ADA Accessible Picnic Area and Trail Opens at Vallecito Reservoir - 2009
2) Animas Watershed Partnership - 2009
San Luis Valley RC&D 1) Noxious Weed Coordinator Hired for the San Luis Valley Noxious
    Weed Program - 2010
2)
Willow Creek Reclamation Committee - 2010

1) Solar Photovoltaic Installation on Center Pivot Corners in San Luis Valley,
    Colorado - 2009

Southeast Colorado RC&D 1) Governor’s Energy Office “Community Energy Coordination” & Other Stories - 2010

1) Governor's Energy Office - Community Energy Coordinators - 2009
2) Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy Program - 2009

 

Idaho  
Clearwater RC&D 1) Streambank Soil Bioengineering Technical Training Workshop - 2011

1) Two Degrees Northwest: Where Art Meets the Land - 2010
2) Streambank Soil Bioengineering Technical Training Workshop - 2010

1) Nez Perce County Fire Mitigation Coordination - 2009
High Country RC&D 1) "Holding the Line" Project & Other Snapshots - 2010

1) "Holding the Line" Yellowstone Leafy Spurge Project - 2009
2) Henrys Lake Protection: Aquatic Nuisance Species - 2009
Mid-Snake RC&D 1) Mid-Snake Responds to the Auger Falls Fire - 2010
2)
Firewise Landscape Nurseries Help Local Schools - 2010

1) Mid-Snake REDZONE Program - 2009
Panhandle Lakes RC&D 1) Hauser Lake Watercraft Rinse Station & Signage - 2010
2)
Great Gardens in North Idaho - 2010

1) Coeur d'Alene Reservation Communities Build Capacity - 2009
2) Eurasian Watermilfoil Control in the Inland Empire - 2009
Southwest Idaho RC&D 1) Warm Springs Mesa - 2011
2) Wildfire Mitigation Projects - 2011
3) Wildland Fire Education Summer Intern - 2011


1) Treasure Valley Cities Receive Stimulus Funds for Priority Pruning - 2010
2)
Ten Great Walks in the Treasure Valley - 2010

1) Field Training for Defensible Space: Homeowners and Students Working
   Together - 2009
Three Rivers RC&D 1) Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture - 2010
2)
Downey Watershed Protection Plan - 2010

1) Wildland Fire Education and Prevention in 3 Rivers RC&D - 2009
West Central Highlands RC&D 1) Ola Community Hall and Church Restoration Project - 2010
2)
Gem County REDZONE Fire Hazard Assessment - 2010

1) Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition Food Pantry Project - 2009
2) Big Pine Creek Culvert Replacement Project - 2009
Wood River RC&D 1) Wood River RC&D's 2010 Summary Newsletter - 2010

1) Idaho's Bounty Cooperative Project - 2009

 

Montana  - Accomplishments
Beartooth RC&D 1) Das Kuchenhaus - 2010
2)
LTL Inc. Manure/Compost Business Expansion Project - 2010

1) Grains of Montana - 2009
2) Warren Wind Project (Renewable Energy) - 2009
Bitter Root RC&D 1) Salish-Bitterroot Culture Camp - 2011

1) Selway-Bitterroot Foundation - 2010
2) Bitter Root RC&D Receives Awards and Recognition as a Program of
Excellence
- 2010

1) Healthy Kids Healthy Forests - 2009
2) Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program - 2009
Central Montana RC&D 1) Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System - 2010
2)
Musselshell Watershed Coalition - 2010

1)
Bull Mountain Coal Mine - 2009
2)
Regional Water Project - 2009
Eastern Plains RC&D 1) Mon-Dak Ag Open 2010 - 2010
2)
Fairview Tunnel Erosion Restoration - 2010

1)
Safflower Technologies International Expansion - 2009
2) Biodiesel R&D Production System - 2009
Headwaters RC&D 1) Butte Green Geo-spatial Infrastructure Analysis - 2010

1) Community Wildfire Protection Plans: Wildfire Fuel Reduction, A Boost to the
Local Economy and Job Retention - 2009
North Central Montana RC&D 1) Students Who Build Grant helps purchase Tools for Designing and Other
Highlights - 2010

1) Homebuyer Education - 2009
2) Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian - 2009
Northern Rocky Mountain RC&D 1) Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program - 2010
2)
Lower Jefferson River Valley Cooperative Weed Control Project - 2010
3)
Invasive Species Mapping of Highway 191 & Other Stories - 2010

1) Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Project - 2009

Northwest Regional RC&D

RC&D by the Numbers
1) Hot Springs Sustainability Project - 2010
2)
Whitefish Area Fires Safe Council (WAFSC) 2010 Activities - 2010
3)
Flathead Core Watershed Sourcebook - 2010

1) Provider Pals® - 2009
2) Northwest Regional RC&D Hazardous Fuels Program - 2009
3) A Whitefish Success Story in Developing Collaborative Partnerships - 2009

 

Nebraska  
Five Rivers RC&D 1) 2010 Noxious & Invasive Weeds Conference - 2010
2) Small-Scale Commercial Wine Making School - 2010

1) Wine School VII - 2009
2) Household Hazardous Waste Collections - 2009
Loup Basin RC&D 1) Sandhills Weed Management Area - 2010
2)
Your Business & Non-Profit Legal Questions Answered Workshop - 2010

1) 2009 Scrap Tire Collections Project - 2009
2) Nebraska's Junk Jaunt® 2009 - 2009

Nebraska Great Plains RC&D 1) 2010 Seward County Cleanup Day & Other Success Stories - 2010

1) The 2009 Nebraska Grazing Conference - 2009
2) Lower Platte Weed Management Area - 2009
Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D 1) Natural Resources Protection: Recycling - 2010
2) Education: Noxious Weed - Pocket ID Guide - 2010

1) Household Hazardous Waste Collections - 2009
2) Artist of the Month Project
 - 2009
3) Day-Trip Planner
 - 2009

North Central RC&D 1) Beef Hotline - 2010
2)
Niobrara Valley Prescribed Fire Association - 2010

1) Sand Hills Discovery Experience - 2009
2) Middle Niobrara Weed Awareness Group - 2009

Northeast Nebraska RC&D 1) Antique Critique Show & Tell - 2010
2) Makin' Money Camp - 2010


1) Blossoms and Butterflies Tour - 2009
2) TV and Computer Recycling - 2009
Panhandle RC&D 1) 11th Annual Intertribal Gathering - 2010
2) Banner County Wind Energy Association, LLC - 2010 

1) Kiwanis Playground Project - 2009
2) Annual Intertribal Gathering - 2009

Prairieland RC&D 1) Columbus Community Garden - 2010
2)
Regional Intertribal Pow Wow
- 2010

1) Nebraska Continuous No-till Project - 2009
2) Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Project - Phase 6 - 2009

Sandhills RC&D 1) Mullen High School Receive Wind Turbine - 2010
2) Byway Receives $99,900 Grant -
2010

1) Central Platte River Restoration - 2009
South Central Nebraska RC&D 1) No-Till Farming Workshop - 2010
2) "Another Bright Idea" - 2010


1) Prairie Loft - Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning - 2009
Southwest Nebraska RC&D 1) S.O.S (Save Our Swanson) - 2010
2)
Southwest Weed Management Area - 2010

1)
Republican River Restoration Partnership - 2009
2) Southwest Weed Management Area
 - 2009
Trailblazer RC&D 1) Community Tree Improvement Program - 2010
2)
Fourteenth Annual Women’s Wilderness Weekend - 2010

1) Thayer County Electronic Waste Collection - 2009

 

New Mexico  
Adelante RC&D 1) Bartley Hazardous Mitigation & Fuels Reduction Program - 2010
2) Mora & San Miguel Counties CWMA Project Weeds Out Problem Areas - 2010

1) Collaborative Forest Restoration Program - 2009
2) Ecological Restoration of the Rio De Los Pinos - 2009
Black Range RC&D 1) Arizona - New Mexico Borderlands Initiative Benefits Both States - 2010
2) Paired Watershed Study on Burro Mountain to Measure Moisture
    Improvements - 2010

1) 7th Annual Red Paint Competition Powwow - 2009
2) Mimbres Paquime Connection (MPC) - 2009
3) Agricultural Water Enhancement Program - 2009
El Llano Estacado RC&D 1) Community Garden of Tucumcari - 2010
2) Tucumcari Community Garden Builds Hoop House - 2010

1) Alternative Energy Conference - 2009
Hub RC&D 1) Targeted Watershed Restoration Initiative in Torreon Wash - 2010
2) Project Accomplishments During 2008-2010 Field Seasons
- 2010

1) Targeted Watershed Restoration Initiative in Torreon Wash
 - 2009  
Jornada RC&D 1) Healing Waters Trail Project Builds 3-mile Trail - 2010
2) Hop Canyon Wildland Fire Fuels Mitigation Project Protects Landowners - 2010

1) Palomas Creek Abandoned Cropland Protection Project - 2009
2) San Marcial Burned Area Recovery Project - 2009
Northern Rio Grande RC&D 1) TLCP Partners to Rebuild Decades-old Corrals - 2010
2) Conejos Watershed Group and RC&D Install Rock-Weir Structures - 2010


1) TCLP-319 (h) Grant Project - 2009
2) Ecological Restoration of the Rio De Los Pinos - 2009
South Central Mountain RC&D 1) Cloudcroft FFA Uses $2500 Grant to Refurbish Shop Classroom - 2010
2) Hondo Senior Center Adds Water Storage Tanks and Raised Planters - 2010


1) South Central Mountain RC&D Partners with New Mexico State Forestry
    and Otero County - 2009
Sureste RC&D 1) Sureste RC&D Helps "Raise the Roof" at the Yarbro! - 2010
2)
Eunice Downtown Beautification Project Achieves its Goal - 2010

1) Yarbro "Hands On" Nature Center - 2009

 

North Dakota  
Dakota Prairies RC&D 1) Grazing Lands Coalition Mentorship Program - 2010
2)
United Tribes Technical College Recreation Trail Project - 2010

1)
Standing Rock Scrap Tire Removal Project - 2009
2)
Burleigh County SCD Soil Health Program - 2009
Dakota West RC&D

1) Make-A-Splash Water Festival - 2010
2)
Improving Soil Health Through Cover Crops
- 2010

1) Patterson Lake Winterkill Composting Project
 - 2009
2) Area V Canada Thistle Biological Control Initiative - 2009

Lake Agassiz RC&D 1) American Legion Post 88 Natural Learning Site & Veteran’s Memorial - 2010
2)
River Bank Dumping Information Campaign - 2010

1) Buxton Bank Historical Preservation - 2009
2)
North Dakota Rural Living Handbook - 2009

Northern Plains RC&D 1) Eddy County Community Gardens - 2010
2)
Restoring the New Rockford Reservoir - 2010

1)
Spirit Lake Park - 2009
2) Devils Lake Kids Preschool & Child Care Center - 2009  
Red River RC&D 1) Stump Lake Park Campground Map - 2010
2)
Red River Riparian Project - 2010 Highlights - 2010

1) Stump Lake Park Master Plan - 2009
2) Cavalier High School Art Gallery Initiative - 2009
Sheyenne James RC&D 1) Stutsman Aerated No Till Plots Project - 2010
2)
Best Management Practice Team - 2010

1) Farm Rescue 2009 - 2009
2) The Wahlu Project - 2009

Upper Dakota RC&D 1) 2010 Eco-Ed Reaches Nearly 600 Students - 2010
2) Mystical Horizons Adds Native Plant Garden
- 2010

1) Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Participates in National RC&D Week
 - 2009
2)
Roosevelt Park Zoo’s Backyard Conservation - 2009
Williston Basin RC&D 1) "File of Life" Area Wide Project - 2010
2)
Cartwright Train Tunnel C.A.T. Project - 2010

1) Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs - 2009
2) Williams County Wind Monitoring Study - 2009  

 

South Dakota  
Badlands RC&D 1) 2010 Lacreek Wildlife/Conservation Day - 2010
2)
2010 Livestock Producer Field Day - 2010

1) Grassland and Invasive Species Control - 2009
2) Youth Works - 2009
Black Hills RC&D 1) Spring Creek Watershed - 2010
2)
Black Hills Stream Temperature Assessment - 2010

1) WHIP Saltcedar Demonstration Project - 2009
2) 2009 South Dakota Forestry Best Management Practices Field Audits - 2009
Dakota Central RC&D
(Applicant Area)
1) Accomplishments & Highlights for Fiscal Year 2010 - 2010

1) Upper Snake Creek Project - 2009
2) Hand/Hyde Enhancement Project - 2009

Lower James RC&D 1) Wessington Springs Park Improvements - 2010
2) John Deppe’s Lower James RC&D Memorial Fund - 2010

1) Grassland Critical to Water Quality - 2009
2) Farm Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development - 2009
North Central South Dakota RC&D 1) Accomplishments & Highlights for Fiscal Year 2010 - 2010

1) Organic Tours - 2009
2) USFWS COOP 2 - 2009
Randall RC&D 1) Farmers Market and Community Garden Project - 2010
2)
Risk Management for Producer Wind Development - 2010

1) Lewis & Clark Watershed Implementation Project - Segment II - 2009
2) Lake Andes Watershed Improvement Project - 2009
South Central Dakota RC&D 1) Annie's Project - 2011

1) Prairie Rangers 4-H Club plant trees to develop the recreational area at the
    Murdo North Dam - 2010
2)
From a Dream to a Reality for the Youth in White River - 2010

1) Playground Equipment for Parmelee, South Dakota - 2009
2) Value Added Use of Straw for Straw Bale Houses - 2009
3) Ted Turner Cuts Ribbon for Turner Youth Community Center - 2009
Tatanka RC&D 1) 2010 Rangeland Days - 2010
2)
West River Wind Power Workshop - 2010

1) Cottonwood Re-Establishment Phase I - 2009
2) Perkins County Community Wildfire Protection Plan - 2009

Vermillion Watershed RC&D
(Applicant Area)
1) Vermillion River Watershed Restoration Project - 2010
2) Tree Planting/Forestry Projects - 2010

1) Parks and Recreation Projects - 2009
2) Vermillion River Watershed Restoration Project - 2009

 

Utah  
Bear River RC&D 1) Bear River RC&D Wilderness Youth Camp & Other Highlights - 2010

1) Bear River RC&D Wilderness Youth Camp - 2009
2) Hazardous Fuels Reduction - 2009
Castleland RC&D 1) Navajo Sheep & Wool - 2010
2)
Skyline CWMA - 2010
3)
Specialty Crops - 2010

1) Skyline Cooperative Weed Management Area CWMA) - 2009
2) Navajo Raincatchers - 2009
Color Country RC&D 1) Virgin River Tamarisk Days - 2010
2)
A Lesson in Desert Hydrology - 2010

1) 2009 UARCD Annual Convention Field Trip - 2009
2) Utah’s Patchwork Parkway
 - 2009  
Dinosaurland RC&D 1) Dinosaurland RC&D's Vernal Community Garden - 2010

1) 15th Annual Con Amore Fishing Day - 2009

Great Salt Lake RC&D 1) High Tunnel Initiative Pilot Project in Utah - 2010

1) Tooele County Weed Control - 2009
2) CSA Utah - 2009
Panoramaland RC&D 1) Habitat Credit Exchange Program - 2011

1) Sevier Valley Students Learning Center Resources for Navajo Curricula - 2010
2)
Cove Fort Thistle Project, Sand Ledges Spray Day Thistle Project - 2010

1) Bicknell Cemetery Project - 2009
2) On-Farm Biodiesel Production - 2009

Uinta Headwaters RC&D 1) Local Summit County Beef for Local Summit County Markets - 2010

1) Heber Valley Farmers Market - 2009
2) Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival - 2009

 

Wyoming  
Big Horn Basin RC&D 1) RC&D Youth Development - 2010
2)
Wyoming Tourism Development - 2010

1) Town of Dubois Voluntary Remediation Program Project - 2009
2) Regional Invasive Species Coordination - 2009
Historic Trails RC&D 1) Historic Trails RC&D Partnered Projects are in Carbon and Natrona
    Counties, WY. - 2010
2)
Natrona County Rural Living Program - 2010

1)
Historic Trails RC&D Projects are in Carbon and Natrona Counties - 2009
2) Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Animal Waste - 2009
Northeastern Wyoming RC&D 1) Oilseed Opportunities for Wyoming - 2010
2)
Grow Local Gillette - 2010

1)
Oilseed Field Trials and Biodiesel Feasibility - 2009
2) Wyoming Oilseed Working Group - 2009
Southeastern Wyoming RC&D 1) Carbon Credit Trading - 2010
2)
Landowner Wind Energy Associations - 2010

1)
Landowner Wind Energy Associations - 2009
2)
Carbon Credit Trading - 2009
Western Wyoming RC&D 1) Star Valley Recycling/Diversion and Other Highlights - 2010

1) Bedford Commerce Readiness & Fire Protection Project
 - 2009
2)
Star Valley Farmers Market - 2009

 

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 Last Modified: 01/15/2013