The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District (EKCRCD) has a vacancy on its board and is seeking a new director. If you are interested in conserving natural resources, improving the environment, and are ready to give back to your community, this might be your chance to get involved.
The EKCRCD is a Special District of Kern County that was formed in 1953 and comprises the portion of the county east of the Sierras and bounded to the north by the Inyo county line, to the south by the Rosamond Hills area, and to the east by the San Bernardino county line. It receives a small portion of Kern County property tax dollars, but also periodically applies for and receives grant funding from the state or federal governments or non-profit organizations. It is governed by a board of 7 directors who meet monthly. All of the directors are volunteers. The district has one half-time administrative assistant, and the board takes an active role in the creation and implementation of programs. This not-for-profit group’s mission is to help “people to conserve, improve, and sustain the natural resources, environment, and economy of Eastern Kern County.”
In 2017 the district was awarded a grant from the California Department of Conservation and used the funds to sponsor a series of nine educational presentations/workshops; hold two drought tolerant – plant sales; install a California Irrigation Management Information System station at NAWS-China Lake; upgrade and add publications to its website; and in partnership with Quail Forever, provide and install signage at wildlife guzzlers. Past projects include starting, in partnership with the BLM, the Sand Canyon Environmental Education Program, tree planting at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, auto recycling, and Coordinated Resource Management Planning for Flood Management in the IWV.
Each fall the District holds an annual drought tolerant plant – sale. In partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, EKCRCD sponsors a poster contest for elementary-school children and participates in the Petroglyph Festival.