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Local RC and D celebrates national week

The Castleland Resource Conservation and Development (RC and D) Council joins the 375 RC and D councils across the country in celebrating "RC and D Week," Sept. 21 - 27. RC and D Week was declared in recognition of the anniversary of the designation of the first 10 RC and D areas.

In the past 44 years the program has grown from 10 designated areas to 375 designated areas that cover more than 85 percent of the United States and its territories.

Joan Smith Freeman, president of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, expressed appreciation to the thousands of RC and D council members who celebrate the national community service that RC and D councils provide to America.

The Castleland RC and D council has partnered with the Skyline Cooperative Weed Management area (CWMA) This year Skyline CWMA has completed nine chemical treatment projects, co-sponsored a weed workshop, two bio-control projects, and printed and distributed the educational "Weeds of Utah" calendar.

One chemical treatment project was to re-treat an area where Tamarisk was removed by 362 Boy Scouts last year.

Another chemical treatment was a large infestation of Whitetop on 580 acres on the road to Mohrland.

One Bio-control project included the release of 14,500 Poison Hemlock moths (Agonopterix alstroemeriana). Forest Service crews made the release West of Joe's Valley reservoir. Over 5,900 Tortoise beetles (Cassida rubiginosa) were released to control Musk Thistle by Emery and Carbon County Weed Departments, Forestry, Fire and State lands, one landowners association, and several other private landowners. Nearly 10,700 additional bio-control bugs were released in the two county area.

The Skyline CWMA meets monthly to plan, coordinate, and organize to get the most out of their combined resources in this cooperative effort.

Skyline CMWA has been working together for seven years. The group includes the following active partners: Carbon and Emery Weed Departments, BLM, USFS; Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands, UDAF, USU Extension, UACD; Price River, San Rafael, and Green River Conservation Districts, UDWR, UDOT, NRCS and the Castleland RC and D Council, Inc.

"The strength of RC and D is that local people create solutions for local needs," said Sam Cunningham, chair of the local RC and D council. "In these times of economic downturn, RC and D councils are invaluable in solving community problems in conservation and community development. Our RC and D council is far too important to go unnoticed in our community."

Resource Conservation and Development Councils are made up of volunteers who serve their communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

RC and D councils identify, address and solve the challenges needed to sustain and improve the quality of life in their own communities.

To learn more about RC and D councils, visit

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