NRCS-GCRCD Ranchers Outreach Program
Through a cooperative agreement with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we initiated our Ranchers Outreach Program in 2015. The program provides educational workshops, technical assistance and publications to assist local ranchers in implementing natural resource conservation strategies on working landscapes.
Workshop - Wildlife Management for Working Landscapes
February 11, 2016 in Gilroy, California
Field Day - Ranching at the Urban Interface
October 6, 2016 in Morgan Hill, California
Information for Ranchers:
GCRCD Grant Program
GCRCD is proud to be a community partner with a variety of regional and local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups. As part of our commitment to the region, we provide grants to eligible applicants for outside projects and programs that assist our District in meeting its goals. Funded projects and programs must provide a benefit within our District and align with one or more of the program areas listed in our Grant Program Policy.
Past Grant Awards:
|Grantee||Purpose of Funding||Amount|
|Veggielution Community Farm (VCF)||Sponsorship of the Bounty of Heart's Delight Dinner, an annual fundraiser that provides operational support for the organization.||
|Veggielution Community Farm (VCF)||Upgrade of the farm's irrigation system that is used for approximately 4 acres of row crops and orchard, including approximately 50,000 linear feet of drip line, pressure regulators and other equipment. Agreement Exhibits||$10,000.00|
|Santa Clara County Open Space Authority||Reimbursement of costs for an independent contractor to provide services associated with the design, supervision and installation of a pollinator hedgerow at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. This project has been temporarily postponed until 2016 at the request of OSA.||$3,000.00|
|Pathways for Wildlife||Expand existing research to include bobcat genetics in the assessment of landscape connectivity and to obtain a quantitative measure of the relative isolation associated with habitat fragmentation and disturbance in Coyote Valley. Formal agreement pending.||$5,000.00|
|South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition||Continue essential cleanup work performed by volunteers on the Los Gatos Creek and the Guadalupe River. Funding will provide tools, equipment for public outreach, and grant-writing assistance to secure additional funding.||$5,325.00|
|Salmonid Restoration Foundation||Sponsorship of the Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference scheduled for March 11-14, 2015. This statewide conference includes field tours, technical workshops, panels and a plenary session on the state of salmonid recovery in California.||$500.00|
|Committee for Green Foothills||
Provide Coyote Creek Watershed Tour scholarships to enable participation by students and other local residents who would not have been able to participate in the tour without a financial subsidy.