Creating vibrant communities through rural economic development and natural resource conservation.

How Can Pathfinders RC&D Help You?

Pathfinders RC&D is a non-profit organization that works with local citizens to develop and implement projects and programs to improve quality of life through natural resource conservation and community development.

Pathfinders projects and programs are all tied to rural economic development and/or natural resource conservation. Our current activities relate to local food, small business development, abandoned strip mine land reclamation, watershed protection, trail formation and tourism development.

Pathfinders’ ongoing services include a full service forestry program, small business loan program, fiscal agent services, grant writing and grant administration. Contact our office to learn more!

How Does RC&D Work?

Resource Conservation and Development, or RC&D, is a local nonprofit organization led by local community leaders. RC&D is rooted in therooted in the concept that local people know what their communities need and can create solutions that work. There are 9 RC&D areas in Iowa and 375 RC&D areas across the United States and its territories.

The Background Story

The RC&D movement started in the 1960’s to address rural poverty and help rural communities generate sustainable natural resource-based economies.  Although today many RC&D Areas are not rural and are not poor, the need for the RC&D concept is just as strong. 

RC&D is collaborative, multi-leveled, action-oriented, and inclusive.  And, sometimes, “RC&D” is difficult to explain and difficult to quantify. However, the effect of the RC&D approach to solving community problems involving local people in voluntary, empowering ways can be felt with almost every RC&D project that happens in Iowa, or across the country.

Read an overview about the Pathfinders organization.

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Pathfinders RC&D Board Meeting
Monday, November 2
6:00 PM
Pathfinders RC&D Office
Check out our Inventory of Grass Fed Beef Producers
Crow Creek Watershed Assessment Final Report

Access the final report HERE (3 MB) for the Crow Creek Watershed located in Jefferson County.

The watershed assessment was funded through a Watershed Development Grant awarded to the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.

Pathfinders 2014 Overview

Learn more about all of Pathfinders programs and service provided in 2014.