Your RCD has helped western Sonoma County for 75 years to protect the natural resources we all depend on. We couldn’t do it alone. Will you consider giving a gift to help wildlife and local agriculture thrive, ensure clean and reliable water, and combat climate change?
Join the Deep Roots Monthly Giving ProgramBy joining the Deep Roots Monthly Giving program, you empower the RCD with a monthly donation of your choice. Monthly donations are sent to Gold Ridge RCD via PayPal when you subscribe through this form
We’ve named our monthly giving program Deep Roots for many reasons. One is that our RCD has deep roots in Sonoma County. At first an agency of farmers, established in 1941 by local berry and apple farmers, dairymen and cattle ranchers, the RCD has over the last 75 years become an agency for farmers. Leading on a long and deep history, the RCD team continues to help this district’s farmers and families.
We also call it Deep Roots because your donations allow us to deepen our roots here: With your donations, we can bring more services to the district, such as well water-level monitoring, renting the no-till drill, and more. We can host more public outings, power our team to write more grant proposals, and bring more projects to our district. Your donations also help keep this modest RCD’s lights on.
Even with a commitment as small as $5 per month, your donation is a vote of your support. Your donations allow us to do more, be more and feel the support of our constituents. All members of our district benefit from the work we do, and we hope that with donations, our constituents can promote our work even further.
Make a One-Time Donation
Donate online, or mail a check to Gold Ridge RCD, 2776 Sullivan Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
Your donations are leveraged at a ratio of about 27:1, making them a very effective use of your charitable dollars. Your tax-deductible donation is critical to close the gap for us to provide free, non-regulatory assistance to landowners wishing to voluntarily manage their natural resources. Please help us today.
With great gratitude, Gold Ridge RCD
With the help of donors like you, this past year we have:
Addressed Drought by installing rainwater catchment projects totaling 621,000 gallons of stored water per year, and increasing stream flow in Dutch Bill and Green Valley Creek for salmon survival with the Coho Partnership.
Improved Water Quality in the Laguna de Santa Rosa by working with dairies to reduce nutrient pollution through the LandSmart program.
Addressed Climate Change by preparing carbon farm plans for our farmers and ranchers and by providing landowners with the tools they need to be drought resilient.
Enhanced Salmon Habitat by increasing water instream, improving rural roads, installing large wood habitat structures and winter refugia habitat, fencing livestock out of streams, and repairing and replanting erosive gullies.
Promoted Soil Health by providing a no-till rangeland seeder to landowners to seed their property in a manner that conserves fuel, increases soil moisture and improves soil fertility.
Engaged Youth & Families through 10 guided school field trips for 3rd-6th grade children to explore our local agriculture and ecology, as well as two family-focused outings to hike and taste the bounty of our local farms.
Shared the News of the many heroes here on this land. “Farming for the Future” debuted in the Press Democrat in April with six stories of local farmers across the county who steward the land with future generations in mind. More resource conservation news is shared in our monthly e-news and annual newsletter.
And with your help, we can do so much more in 2017.
Thank you to our donors.