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The mission the CSLRCD is to protect and enhance natural resources through education, restoration and collaboration with local stakeholders. The CSLRCD is guided by a Board of Directors who are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve voluntarily and represent a broad spectrum of experience including farming, ranching, financial and non-profit land conservancy management. Depending upon available grant funds, the RCD employs multiple staff members with diverse technical backgrounds to support implementation of the RCD mission.

Annual compensation for RCD Director and Employee positions can be found on the Government Compensation in California page.

What We Do

The CSLRCD provides direct assistance to San Luis Obispo County farmers, ranchers and landowners working with us voluntarily to protect their soil, water, and natural habitats. We also partner with agricultural and natural resource protection organizations and agencies, as well as with municipalities, throughout the Central Coast.

Our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan guides project development and implementation.


The CSLRCD was established in 1953 as a non-regulatory special local district, authorized under Division 9 of California Public Resources Code. Learn more about the CSLRCD by visiting the History page here.

How We Are Funded

Funding for CSLRCD projects and ongoing operations is derived entirely from grants and contracts. The CSLRCD does not have a tax base.

About San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is rich in natural resources. The 465,000 acres of the county covered by the District supports a diversity of agricultural crops and commodities as well as some of the greatest plant and animal biodiversity in temperate regions of the world.

A significant portion of the District is rangeland. Additional important resources include cropland, forests, and "sensitive areas" such as sand dunes, estuaries, riparian areas, streams, lakes and reservoirs, and the Pacific coastline.

Agricultural commodities include dryland crops such as garbanzo beans, grain, and hay, as well as the livestock supported on rangelands. Irrigated lands support thousands of acres of farmland, orchards, nurseries and vineyards. Agricultural irrigation and stock water is primarily drawn from ground water aquifers or private reservoirs. For additional information about agricultural production in San Luis Obispo County, see the Annual Crop Reports produced by the County Agricultural Commission.

As the District's population continues to grow, pressures on land use and associated resources intensify. While there is a general desire for open space, clean air and water, and retaining the natural beauty of the area, there is also a strong demand for development in rural areas. Protecting prime farmland from "urban development" and maintaining a supportive environment for a viable agricultural industry requires a coordinated effort from all groups and governing bodies.