Conservation that works!  At RC&D, we have nearly 50 years of working toward science-based solutions

Bringing together

science & community

for over 45 years to help grow Wisconsin's economy and protect our natural resources.


COVID-19 Update:

Due to concerns relating to COVID-19 and community spread, Golden Sands RC&D staff will be working remotely so we apologize for any delays.  For general inquiries, please contact our Staff in our Staff Directory


"I learned lots of things during your

presentation....its not just animals who cause invasive plants to spread, it's also people."

-- 5th grade student


"The work that Golden Sands RC&D has performed in Waupaca County …has been crucial in helping the (Land & Water Conservation Dept.) to re-establish its goals of improving water resources within the county."  

-- Brian Haase, County Conservationist, Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation Department


"Golden Sands RC&D truly makes a difference in the quality of life for people in central Wisconsin."

-- Wisconsin Rapids resident 

Thank you


Selina surveying predator exclusion cages, holding Eurasian watermilfoil stems damaged by weevils

2020 Highlights

In 2020, our organization was challenged by the pandemic.  Click here if you are interested in learning about how we overcame this obstacle and what we did to help make Central Wisconsin a better place to live and work!

Hands holding rich, healthy soil

NOW HIRING - Soil Con Tech, Stevens Point

3 year, full-time position with full benefits, to be located in the Stevens Point NRCS office.  Responsible for a variety of duties to implement conservation programs $16.90 - 20.93/hr.  Read more

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Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAS)

We manage two CISMAs, Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (CWIP) and Northeast Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (NEWIP). Click the CISMA name to learn more! 

ParKelm Farm, Central Wisconsin, livestock grazing in a well-managed pasture

Join us for a Pasture Walk!


VanOrnum Acres

Thurs, Sept 16th

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Getting started grazing, farming challenging sandy soils, learning from fellow farmers. More details