The Mission of the Big Island RC&D Council is to assist the people of the Big
Island in achieving sustainable development while caring for and appreciating
their natural environment; to ensure broadened economic opportunities, enriched
communities, and better lives.
The Vision of the Big Island RC&D Council:
Conserve, enhance, and promote the economic, cultural, and natural
environment of Hawaii.
Nationwide, Statewide, and Local:There are 375 RC&D Areas authorized in the United States which cover approximately 70% of the nation. RC&D
Areas are authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
The State of Hawaii has four RC&D Areas—Oahu, Garden Island, Tri-Isle, and the Big Island.
The Big Island RC&D, authorized in 1975, covers the entire island of Hawaii. The Council is incorporated
and non-profit within the State of Hawaii. It is also tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) by Internal Revenue Service determination.
Network:The RC&D volunteer program is strengthened through a nationwide network. The Big Island RC&D belongs to the
National Association of RC&D Councils (nationwide), and the Pacific Rim RC&D Association (regional). This
network allows the RC&D Council to have an active role with issues being addressed at regional and national levels.
The RC&D process allows and encourages local people to:
The process usually produces partnerships being formed with communities, government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
- identify a concern
- develop a plan of action
- seek a funding source