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Sunset over a pasture full of round bales



Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council Inc. was established in 1972. Our mission is to act as a community resource that can work across county lines to address large-scale environmental issues in a manner that protects both the environment and economies of our 13-county service area. Golden Sands RC&D is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, non-partisan entity created by the counties it serves and funded by public and private grants, donations and service fees.

Service Area Map showing all 13 counties we cover including: Taylor, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Outagamie, Waushara, Adams, Monroe, Juneau, Green Lake, Columbia,Marquette


Nature does not recognize city limits or county lines. Addressing environmental issues means private and public entities must work together across these lines for the common good. Golden Sands RC&D was created to guide this essential collaboration. In the 13 counties we serve, we bring together people from governmental agencies, local businesses, conservation groups and county citizens to achieve the common goal of protecting Wisconsin’s natural resources while growing the economy; making central Wisconsin a better place to work and live.



Since 1972, we have partnered with countless volunteers, citizen groups, and local, state or federal agencies to complete projects that make a real difference on the ground. Clean water, healthy forests, abundant wildlife and sustainable farming make Central Wisconsin a better place to work and live. Click the button below to view our Highlights newsletters. 

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Golden Sands RC&D is a proud member of the Wisconsin Association of Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Councils. Together, we encourage economic development while protecting and conserving land, water, and related resources to assure the quality of the natural resource base for future generations. Learn more about RC&Ds around the state by clicking the Learn More button below.

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