LandSmart is a regional conservation program offered to landowners in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties that helps land managers meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams.  LandSmart was developed by four local Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs): Southern Sonoma RCD, Sotoyome RCD, Napa County RCD, and Mendocino County RCD in collaboration with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, land managers and agencies. By working together, we can offer an enhanced program that draws upon the skills and expertise of each RCD. Through this collaboration, we provide our communities with a unique, cost effective conservation service that is specific to the region and offered through a trusted and local organization. LandSmart services include: 


LandSmart Plans – Developing plans to help manage resources purposefully and assist land managers in meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, including planning requirements for the Conditional Vineyard Waiver for Sonoma Creek and Napa River Watersheds. LandSmart Plans are prepared with the landowner and are geared to meet the landowner’s needs and include the resource concerns that are most important to the landowner.  Plans describe the natural and agricultural resources of a property, and document the practices used and efforts made to protect natural resources.  Additionally, these plans identify opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of natural resources, prioritize management practices according to the landowner’s needs, and assist with identification of cost share opportunities.  LandSmart Plans are managed by the landowner and kept on the property.


LandSmart On-the-Ground – Implement projects and best management practices to improve property and habitat. RCDs can provide technical assistance and financial support to plan and implement resource conservation practices. Projects identified through your LandSmart Plans can be implemented and cost share funding pursued by your local RCD. Typical projects include: sediment reduction on roads; cover cropping; stormwater management; upland and riparian vegetation improvement; fish barrier removal; water use efficiency; gully repair, and; other projects as needed and identified.


LandSmart for Kids – Involve the next generation in stewardship by providing opportunities for youth to be actively engaged in stewarding local resources. LandSmart for Kids brings together students, teachers, community volunteers, land managers, and natural resource professionals to complete on-the-ground restoration. In-class and field experiences meet the needs of the teacher’s curriculum, and the California Department of Education State Standards.



For more information about this program, please visit the LandSmart website or contact Valerie Minton at (707) 569-1448




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