South Central Mountain Resource
Conservation & Development Council

Helping People Help the Land

Our Organization

RC&D is a unique program that is led by local volunteer councils who help people care for and protect their natural resources in a way that improves the local economy, environment and living standards. The program provides a way for people to work together in partnership to plan and carry out activities that will make their communities a better place in which to live. Guiding principles of the South Central Mountain RC&D are to create a general awareness of and appreciation for the issues facing rural and urban New Mexico; achieve harmony with diverse cultures, opinions and competing views to display the value of working together to solve problems; secure a stable financial source of funding to support statewide projects and local councils; and to develop state and local leadership to set and carry out RC&D goals and objectives for our Council.

The South Central Mountain RC&D Council operates a grassroots, non-profit charitable organization with IRS 501(c)(3) designation in order to receive grant income through private, corporate and/or local foundations and organizations. It is led by a local eight member, all volunteer Board of Directors who represent sponsors consisting of soil and water conservation districts, towns, counties, businesses, individuals and community development and civic entities. They team up with other agencies and groups to adopt a project proposal, procure funding, and carry through to completion to solve local problems and satisfy local needs through collaborative efforts.

The area covered by the South Central Mountain RC&D is Lincoln and Otero Counties. Sponsoring organizations pay nominal annual dues for membership and voting privileges. Project proposal initiation must be presented by a sponsoring organization, who then presents it at a regularly scheduled Council meeting. In this way, the South Central Mountain RC&D addresses local needs by uniting local community developers, various units of government and grassroots organizations to collaborate on projects to attain sustainability and wise use of our local water, land, community and environmental resources.

Multiple sponsoring organizations make up the South Central Mountain RC&D Council. Current areas of concern include natural resource management, land conversion and rural economic development. What can the South Central Mountain RC&D Council do, you ask? The Council can direct individuals to conservation agencies to solve water quality and quantity concerns, erosion problems and forest and watershed health concerns. The Council can seek funding to provide for community facilities and tourist attractions and promote various industries. The key to the success of the South Central Mountain RC&D Council is the teamwork and creative ideas of people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. How can you participate in the South Central Mountain RC&D? Participation is voluntary. Anyone who has a concern for the natural resources found in Lincoln and Otero Counties, community development, economic improvement, or other local issues of concern can contact our office for assistance.

Board of Directors:

Jerry Burchett

Everett Putney

Mike Byrnes


Jackie Fioretti
James Taylor
Brian Greene
Robert Bookey

Laura Doth



Area Plan

Organizational Structure


09-10 Annual Plan

Meeting Agendas & Minutes