Welcome to the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development (WMRC&D) Council, Inc's website. Our mission is to build and sustain resource conservation programs raising the quality of social economic and environmental development in our region. The WMRC&D Council was incorporated in 1993 and includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, Maryland. The Council is locally driven by representatives from the counties Board of Commissioners, Soil Conservation Districts, municipalities, grassroots organizations and interested members at large. With twenty years as an established council, the WMRC&D Council will continue to serve the residents of the five-county area in assisting them with addressing their economic, social and environmental concerns.
Willie Lantz is the 2013 recpient of the Western Maryland RC&D Conservation Award.
Willie has been a WMRC&D Council-at-Large Member for almost 10 years, and most recently offered his leadership and expertise towards towards the successful endeavors of the Frostburg Grows project.
Each spring, the Western Maryland RC&D Forester assists DNR employees conduct prescribed burning of privately owned warm season grass fields in Washington and Frederick Counties. These native prairie grasses are dependent upon infrequent fires to reduce thatch from previous year’s growth, and to keep broadleaf weeds from overtaking the fields. The forester serves as a firing boss, and works with the burn boss to ensure the safe ignition techniques/placement, direction, timing, and amount of fire to put down in order to meet prescription parameters outlined in a burn plan.
This image (right) was taken by Yvette May, a staff photographer with the Herald-Mail Newspaper in Hagerstown, MD. Williamsport Elementary students walk past the Washington County, co-county champion white oak tree that is estimated to be about 275 years old. The Washington County Field Office of the Maryland Forest Service & the Western Maryland RC&D have established a relationship to educate students at the Green School about their two champion oak trees and the importance role trees and forests play in our environment. Each spring 3rd Grade students plant tree seedlings in a field behind the school as part of countywide Earth Day activities.
Washington County Highway Department employees planted over 600 tree seedlings in storm water retention basins throughout the Hagerstown area, as part of a pilot project which aims to reduce mowing and other maintenance efforts in these storm water management areas. This project was funded with fee-in-lieu money managed by the Washington County Soil Conservation District. The Western Maryland RC&D created the tree planting plan, selected suitable tree species, and instructed/ managed Highway Dept employees during the installation of the trees.
The US Department of the Interior’s, Office of Surface Mining assisted the Western Maryland RC&D with the video monitoring of five boreholes within the northern most part of the Kempton Mine Complex in Western Maryland’s Garrett County.
Western Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
All programs and services of the Western Maryland RC&D Council are offered on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, disability, or political beliefs.