Ventura County Resource Conservation District

 

Agriculture and Gardening

California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a contracting company that designs, installs, and maintains California native landscapes.  Their natural garden designs range in styles from highly ornamental to park-like in appearance.

 

Farmland Information Center The Farmland Information Center is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship.  It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust.

 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden RSABG is the largest botaical garden dedicated exclusively to our state's native plants.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy the meandering pathways of this 86 acre natural setting which offers panoramic mountain views throughout the year.

 

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden The Garden is a place of beauty and serenity, of education, research and conservation, of history and stewardship.

 

Ventura County Watershed Protection District The mission of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District is to protect life, property, watercourses, watersheds, and public infrastructure from the dangers and damages associated with flood and storm waters.

 

Water Conservation Garden The Garden promotes water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellect exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.

 

Ventura County Master Gardeners Their mission is to enhance the well-being of people, plants and the environment through science-based gardening education and community outreach.

 

University of california Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

Western Growers Association

Conservation

Be Water Wise

 

California Institute for Biodiversity The CIB is a non-profit corporation committed to using technology to promote understanding of California's biological heritage.  The site sells the Cal Alive! series of CD-ROMs - popular multimedia classroom education.

 

California Rangeland Conservation Coalition

 

Conservation International CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

 

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy The Conservancy is a community-based, nonprofit group of private citizens and landowners working for the common goal of protecting and restoring open space in the Ojai Valley for your benefit and the benefit of future generations.

 

Private Landowner Network This is an excellent website designed specifically for assisting landowners with information on tax and estate planning, land and energy conservation, agricultural conservation easements, land conservation grants and assistance programs.

 

SAFE Landscapes The SAFE Landscapes program provides information about creating environmentally friendly fire-safe landscapes to homeowners living in the wildland/urban interface.

 

Santa Barbara County Water Agency 

 

Soil and Water Conservation Society Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a non profit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy.

 

Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project The SCWRP is a broad-based partnership, chaired by the Resources Agency and supported by the State Coastal Conservancy, that has public agencies, non-profits, scientists, and local communities working cooperatively to acquire and restore rivers and streams and wetlands. 

 

The Nature Conservancy TNC's mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

 

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy The Ventura Hillsides Conservance is a land trust operating in the City of Ventura for the purpose of acquiring open space through gift, sale, or other lawful means.

 

State of California Department of Conservation With a team of scientists and other dedicated professionals, the Department of Conservation administers a variety of programs vital to California's public safety, environment and economy. The services DOC provides are designed to balance today's needs with tomorrow's obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources.

 

National Association of Conservation Districts Conservation Clips is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides our members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation.

Invasive Species

California Invasive Plant Council Cal-IPC's mission is to protect California wildlands from invasive plants through restoration, research, and education.  They work closely with agencies, industry and other nonprofit organizations to support research, restoration work, and public education.

 

California Native Plant Society The CNPS maintains a section of their website to address issues pertaining to invasive, non-native plants.

 

CDFA's Noxious Weed Information Project The NWIP is part of Integrated est Control, a branch of Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services which is a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

 

National Invasive Species Information Center The NISIC was established in 2005 to meet the information needs of users including the National Invasive Species Council.  This website serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.

 

PlantRight Initiative Most of the plants used in gardens and landscaping do not ivade or harm wildland ares.  But a few vigorous species can, and do, escape from cultivation into open landscapes and cause a variety of ecological problems.  

 

Team Arundo del Norte A forum of local, state, and federal organizations dedicated to the control of Arundo donax (giant reed), where it threatens rivers, creeks, and wetlands in Central and Northern California.

 

TNC's Global Invasive Species Initiative The Global Invasive Species Initiative is The Nature Conservancy's response to abating the damage caused to native biodiversity by the human-facilitated introduction of non-native, harmful invasive species.

 

Weeds and Invasive Plants of Ventura County An informative wesite assembled by the UCCE of Ventura County.

Local Agencies

Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County The Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County (AWA) was formed in 1976 to provide a forum for the exchange of information on local and regional water issues.

 

California Department of Food and Agriculture

 

Casitas Municipal Water District The Casitas Municipal Water Diestrict supplies water to 60-70,000 people in western Ventura County and to hundreds of farms.

 

Santa Clara River Invasive Weed Task Force

 

The County of Ventura This web portal provides access to the County's varied departments and services.

 

United Water Conservation District United Water Conservation Diestrict manages, protects, conserves and enhances the water resources of the Santa Clara River, its tributaries, and associated aquifers.

 

Ventura County Agricultural Commission

 

Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner's Office The County Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for enforcing local, state and federal laws and regulations associated with the agricultural industry and the use of certain restricted materials.

 

Ventura River Watershed Council The mission of the Ventura River Watershed Council is to facilitate and support efforts by individuals, agencies, and organizations to maintain and improve the health and sustainability of the Ventura River watershed for the benefit of the people and ecosystems that depend upon it.

 

Ventura County Farm Bureau For more than a century, Farm Bureau of Ventura County has been dedicated to ensuring that farmers and ranchers survive and thrive. As an advocate for the county’s agricultural industry, we promote policies and foster community action intended to preserve this industry’s sustainability and vitality.

 

Horse and Livestock Watershed Alliance HLWA is an organization that represents horse and livestock owners in the Ojai Valley as a response to legal mandates regarding the impact of horse and livestock manure on the Ventura River Watershed. We are working with government and local agencies, and stakeholders, to influence and meet regulatory requirements while minimizing economic impact and maintaining the current rural lifestyle.

Natural Resources

Sierra to the Sea The story of water in California written and developed at UC Davis.

 

State Water Resources Control Board The mission of the Water Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the State, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimun balance of beneficial uses.

Other RCDs and the NRCS

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts Information about RCDs in the State of California.

 

National Association of Conservatin Districts This nonprofit organization represents the nation's 3,000 conservation districts.

 

SAFE Landscape Project

 

USDA Natural Resources Conseration Service The NRCS is the VCRCD's partner organization.

Sustainability

Carbon Coalition The best way to combat Global Warming is to encourage farmers to cultivate deep-rooted perennial grass species and crops that can lock vast amounts of cabon up in the soil.

 

Global Green USA Fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

 

Sustainable Communities Network The SCN is for those who want to help make their communities more livable, and the goal of their website is to link citizens to resourecs and to one another to create healty, vital, sustainable communities.

Water Districts

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