Nationwide, Statewide, and Local:

Did you know that there are 375 RC&D Areas authorized in the United States, which cover approximately 70% of the nation? All those RC&D Areas were installed and authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 

The State of Hawaii has four RC&D Areas: Oahu, Garden Island, Tri-Isle, and the Big Island. 

The Big Island RC&D, authorized in 1975, covers the entire island of Hawaii. The Council is incorporated and a registered non-profit within the State of Hawaii. It is also tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) by Internal Revenue Service determination.



The RC&D volunteer program is strengthened through a nationwide network. The Big Island RC&D belongs to the National Association of RC&D Councils (nationwide), and the Pacific Rim RC&D Association (regional). This network allows the RC&D Council to have an active role with issues being addressed at regional and national levels.


The Resource Conservation & Development process allows and encourages the local people to:

  • identify a concern
  • organize
  • develop a plan of action
  • seek a funding source

The process usually produces partnerships being formed with communities, government agencies,
foundations, and corporations. In short: Something bothers you in our county. Or you have a bright idea. You organize. You come to us--either alone, or as a group. We help you to find funding to address or remedy the issue.

For more information browse our website, or contact:

Carol Sampaia, Program Manager

200 Kanoelehua Avenue
PMB 285
Hilo, HI  96720
Phone: 808-935-8426











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