Tenant Creek waterfall
© Thomas Bielli used with permission

Greater Adirondack Resource

Conservation & Development Council

To promote the wise use of natural resources and enhance the economic vitality of the Greater Adirondack region

Working in Partnership with federal, state and local agencies and other nonprofit organizations, the Greater Adirondack RC&D Council brings together the people and resources needed to protect and enhance the area’s environment, economy and quality of life.

The Greater Adirondack RC&D area includes Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties and is home to over 300,000 people.  Northeastern New York is challenged to balance tourism and development with agricultural and forest vitality and environmental quality.

Our Mission

To promote the wise use of natural resources and to enhance the economic vitality of the Greater Adirondack Region

Our Vision

is a sustainable, regional community with healthy forests, clean water and air, and natural habitats in balance with a viable mixed economy that includes agriculture, commerce, forestry and tourism

Our Strength

comes from the dedication and participation of local citizens

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Local Support


Financial support for projects and administration comes from a variety of public and private sources. Partial funding for the RC&D program is derived from federal and state grants along with support from the seven County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, 


The Greater Adirondack RC&D is one of 8 RC&D councils across New York State and 375 RC&D areas across the country that were created by a provision of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962 under Public Law 87-703. This legislation was adopted on the premise that local citizens, primarily in rural locales, could collectively develop and implement action-oriented plans for the (1) social, (2) economic, and (3) environmental betterment of their own communities. The function of the RC&D is to develop plans and seek both financial and technical assistance from the best qualified sources available, whether it be federal, state, local, industry or private sources such as foundations, to implement their own locally developed plan.