Down East RC&D of Maine

About DERC&D

Our history

The RC&D program was authorized by Congress in February 1964. Through the establishment of RC&D areas, led by a council, the program worked with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to complete projects for community benefit. NRCS provided staff and an office to work with the Council and local citizens.

Down East RC&D was authorized in 1975. In 2011, Congress removed funding for the program from the 2012 Federal budget, eliminating the federal side of a very successful partnership. DERC&D has been operating independently since that time.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Down East Resource Conservation and Development Council, Incorporated is to is to provide technical assistance and support State and local units of government and non-profit organizations in Washington and Hancock counties, Maine, assisting them in the development of projects that will improve the local economy and quality of life. This organization receives contributions and pays them over to organizations that are described in Sec. 501 (c)(3) and exempt from taxation under Sec. 501 (a).

Mission and vision

OUR MISSION: Resource conservation through systematic wise usage of our natural and human resources to improve the economy while maintaining quality in the natural resource base.

OUR VISION: Resource conservation through systematic use of soil, water, plants, wildlife, human and recreational resources while maintaining quality in the natural resource base and improving the economy through properly managed development.

Council members

The DERC&D Council is made up of representatives of sponsoring organizations, many that have been involved since 1975, and members at large. Any municipality, non-profit organization or individual interested in helping make Washington and Hancock counties a better place to live and work is welcome.

Fred Cook
DART, Gouldsboro

Judy East
Washington County Council of Governments , Calais

Gary Edwards (Treasurer)
Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society , Sullivan

Betsy Fitzgerald
Washington County , Machias

Crystal Hitchings
Washington County Council of Governments-DART , Calais

Alvion Kimball
Greater Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Orland

Kathyrn Lewis (Secretary)
City of Eastport , Eastport

Nathan Pennell (President)
Washington County SWCD, Machias

Jennifer Peters
Sunrise County Economic Council , Machias

Joline Stanley
Town of Sullivan, Sullivan

Barbara Tibbetts
Washington County SWCD, Machias

Kathy Upton
Cherryfield Free Public Library, Cherryfield

James Wait-Emeritus
Town of Bucksport, Bucksport

Danielle Woerner
Sunrise County Arts Institute , Milbridge

Council meetings

Please contact us for the next meeting date.