WELCOME TO THE DESERT MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

WHO WE ARE

Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) areas work to promote and protect economic, natural, and social resources at the local and regional level. They bring together people, needs, and concerns, opportunities, and solutions. The RC&D works on a variety of projects/programs that can benefit the entire community. By supporting the RC&D, you are helping your own community.

EASTERN SIERRA CONNECT PROJECT REGIONAL BROADBAND CONSORTIUM (ESCRB)

Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium (ESCRB) is a subcommittee of Desert Mountain RC&D Council.  ESCRBC is funded by California Advanced Services Fund  (CASF), a division of the California Public Utilities Commission, granting a maximum of $150,000 each year for up to three years.  Operating within Mono, Inyo and Eastern Kern Counties, the ESCRB focus is on improving broadband availability and adoption through developing partnerships and offering assistance and education to individuals, public agencies, and applicants for CASF infrastructure.  ESCRB is headed by a Governing Board of representatives: Mono County –Nate Greenberg, and Martin Kleinfeld; Inyo County –John Rothgeb and Diane Hart; and Kern County – Deborah Hess, Lori Acton and Kelly Bearden.  Alice Lauritzen is Admin.  Julie Langou, of Eastern Sierra Consulting Inc,, has been contracted as the Project Manager, and in March of 2014, Justin O’Neill has taken the position of Outreach Coordinator for Kern County.  Please contact Desert Mountain RC&D to get in touch with the Consortium or write them at esconsortium@gmail.com.   Follow ESCRBC on their website at escrbconsortium.org. For more information about the CPUC grant and loan programs, please go to the California Public Utilities Comission Website

THE COUNCIL, THE PROCESS THE PLAN

The RC&D council is the governing body of the RC&D Area and typically is composed of representatives from such organizations as:

             City/County Governments

             Resource Conservation districts

             Businesses

             Educational institutions

             Tribal Governments

             State & Local Agencies

             Environmental organizations

             Associations

The RC&D program supports the belief that the identification of needs and solutions are best accomplished by local communities dealing with these issues.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA

The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development area encompasses a good portion of the high desert and mountain region of southeastern California. The RC&D serves Inyo, San Bernardino, southern Mono, east Kern, eastern Tulare, and the Antelope Valley portion of the Los Angeles County, an area of approximately 24 million acres. The area includes the lowest and highest land elevations (Death Valley negative 238 feet and Mount Whitney 14,495 feet) in the contiguous United States. It is bounded on the east by the California State line, on the north by the southern end of Mono County; on the west by the Kern River watershed, and on the south by the south boundary of San Bernardino County excluding the area within the South Coast RC&D.

ANNUAL REPORT

Our newest annual report can be accessed here.

2013 Annual Report