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Little Kanawha RC& D council achieves national recognition

The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Councils has named the Little Kanawha RC&D Council to its Circle of Diamonds program.

The Little Kanawha RC&D received this recognition because of service to the area.

The Little Kanawha RC&D is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit entity serving, Ritchie, Pleasants, Wirt, Calhoun, Jackson, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, and Wood counties in West Virginia.

The Circle of Diamonds program highlights the work that RC&D Councils perform in their communities and recognizes good stewardship of the local non-profit council in "Making Things Happen."

As a member of the Circle of Diamonds, the council demonstrates compliance with best non-profit management practices and basic requirements of the RC&D statute.

Circle of Diamonds RC&D Councils exemplify positive impacts upon the quality of life within their local areas.

Being accepted to this national program highlights the honesty, integrity and strong commitment of the council to the RC&D mission.

The Little Kanawha is one of many councils in this unique nonprofit organization (RC&Ds) made up of volunteers who identify unmet needs in their communities and create solutions that work

They are neighbors, even county by county, who work together to get jobs completed.

The four focus areas of the RC&D are land conservation, water management, community development and land management, with a mini grant program that provides seed money to assist with projects in these areas.

RC&Ds provide a focal point for local leadership and community engagement and bring together citizens, grassroots organizations and local, state and federal agencies on projects to benefit rural America.

Another major focus of the Little Kanawha RC&D is Project Sharing, created to assist other organizations as they serve the underserved.

"We provide needed items to help improve the quality of life in our project counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood," said D. J. Allen, RC&D Coordinator.

"Working with the organizations we serve helps us accomplish our vision of' Leading our communities through partnerships to make things happen,'" said Allen.

Among the over 900-plus projects that the Little Kanawha RC&D has supported or been actively involved are Williamstown Wetlands restoration/walking trail; Wirt County Wetland; North Bend Lake Trail; Gilmore Elementary School Trail; Progressive Agriculture Safety Days; Cairo Town Park improvements.

Tyler County Farmers Market Program; Soil and Forage Analysis Program; Calhoun Pond Stocking and Restoration; statewide West Virginia Grass Evaluation Contest and Appalachian Grazing Conference; and development of and assistance to Mountwood Park.

The Little Kanawha RC&D Council was authorized for funding in October 1966, the first RC&D Area in West Virginia and the 13th in the nation.

Council membership is made up of one representative from each county from the Conservation District, County Commission and an at-large member.

Floyd Hodge is the presiding chairman.

"As we begin our 47th year of service to the area, we look forward to continuing the commitments to service that were initiated almost half a century ago. Working together, we can make things happen! We are pleased to be included in the National Association RC&Ds Circle of Diamonds," said Allen.

For more information contact the Little Kanawha RC&D at 304-679-3639 or email

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Original Publication Date: October 9, 2013

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