RCRC’s thirty-six member counties cover approximately half of California’s total land mass of more than 100 million acres, and extend from the Oregon border in the north, to the Mexico border in the southeast, the Central Valley to the Eastern Sierra, and from the coast to California's wine country.
California’s rural counties are home to many of the state’s diverse and abundant natural resources. Forested lands, desert flora, watersheds, lakes and rivers, fish and wildlife, and minerals are all within the boundaries of California’s rural counties. RCRC represents local governments that have land use and public trust responsibilities over this rich landscape that benefits all of California. While a vast majority of the State's population lives in the urban coastal areas and below the Tehachapi Mountains, it is these rural areas abundant in natural resources and agriculture that provide much of the state’s drinking water, food production and outdoor recreational opportunities for all of California and the world.
California’s agriculture and abundant natural resources are a critical component of the history, economic base and culture of California’s rural counties. Many of California’s rural counties have large areas of land under state and federal ownership. Much of this publicly owned land includes state and national parks as well as national forests that are an important element of the rural economy. A strong working relationship for the care and stewardship of these lands between counties and public land managers is crucial for the rural counties that rely heavily on a resource based economy.
RCRC will continue its ongoing concerted efforts to foster a better working relationship between member counties and the state and federal agencies that manage the public lands within member counties in order that the natural resources, people and the economies of rural California can prosper today as well as future generations.