With the passage of the Agriculture Act of 1962 came about the establishment of Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils to provide a program to empower rural people to help themselves. Wiregrass RC&D (WRC&D) was authorized in 1967 to assist the communities in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties in Southeast Alabama. Russell County was added to the WRC&D area in 1984. The service to these ten counties focuses on land conservation and management, water management, community development and innovation. The general objective is to meet needs within the community through service, leadership and building relationships.
The service and leadership developed by WRC&D focuses directly on the local community. By directly interacting with local communities WRC&D can pin point specific needs; with a direct focus on needs, services and funds can be allocated where they are needed most. The partnerships built between communities and WRC&D creates a stable foundation for growth on both parts of the equation. By partnering the local community with the regional organization the community thrives. As the local communities grow WRC&D creates a focus on the individual community while maintaining a vision for the region.
“Helping local communities meet local needs through building relationships, cultivating partnerships, and designating resources”.
The Wiregrass council will be a recognized leader in the promotion of conservation, development and utilization of natural and human resources to improve the local economy and to enhance the quality of life in all the communities of the Wiregrass area.