Buckeye Hills RC&D (Marietta, OH)


  • Name:Mr. Robert First
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Buckeye Hills RC&D
  • Address:344 Muskingum Drive, Suite A
    Marietta, OH 45750
    United States
  • County:Washington

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:740 374-6655

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Buckeye Hills Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is to enhance the quality of the environment and improve the economy in the area through the conservation and development of the total resources. The RC&D focuses on working with local units of government, rural communities, groups and organizations to accomplish locally led projects. Areas of our focus include natural resources conservation, rural community development, recreation & tourism, small business creation and expansion, environmental and water quality improvement, and historic preservation. The RC&D Council provides leadership and assistance to groups that want to accomplish meaningful and needed projects related to our mission. The RC&D council is led by volunteer representatives from the nine county region it serves. Many of the projects we work on require organizational efforts with project sponsors, proposal development, grant writing and fundraising assistance from the staff.

  • Overview:
  • Resource Conservation and Development is a unique concept. Its mission depends on local volunteerism to serve resource needs of those who live and work in rural areas. RC&D is a way for people to work together to plan and carry out activities making the area a better place to live.

    The Buckeye Hills RC&D Council is a 501C-3 non-profit entity, serving a nine county region in southeastern Ohio including Athens, Belmont, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington Counties. The Buckeye Hills RC&D Council identifies, develops solutions, and solves problems in rural communities including human, economic, natural resources, water quality and environmental issues. This is accomplished by developing local efforts and initiatives to meet these needs. RC&D is focused on working with local leaders and volunteers to develop and implement important projects in local communities.

    The RC&D Council has been a leader in resource development projects over the years. Projects such as recreational development, rural community development, rural fire protection, abandoned mineland reclamation, tree planting and forestry, water quality improvement and critical area stabilization have been completed.

    Nearly 400 projects have been completed in the RC&D since its beginning. Most projects focus on such things as:
    •Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
    •Economic and Business Development
    •Community Development
    •Water/Water Quality
    •Fish and Wildlife
    •Recreation and Tourism
    •Waste & Waste Utilization
    •Information & Education
    •Marketing & Merchandising

    The Buckeye Hills RC&D has several working goals for its area. These goals have evolved over the years as new issues are identified. The goals are:
    •Assure a sustainable natural resource base.
    •Promote improved standards of living, focusing on natural resources benefitting residents and landowners.
    •Improve water quality and water management principles.
    •Protect and support people, facilities, services and industries adding value because of their potential to contribute to a better way of life.
    •Seek expanded tourism and recreation activities to benefit those who reside in rural areas.
    •Provide a strong RC&D program which includes assistance to all groups regardless of circumstances, abilities, or resources.

    Sponsors of RC&D program are the county commissioners and soil and water conservation districts from the 9 counties we serve.The Rush Creek and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Districts are also sponsors of the RC&D program. The RC&D Council leadership is comprised of 3 members from each county, and 1 member from each conservancy district. This makes a total board of 29 members. We receive a total of $8,000 in sponsor dues from our local sponsors. Other funding is generated from grant administration, fees for services, and income from the RC&D Council revolving loan fund. The RC&D Council also receives small donations from individuals and organizations that want to support our efforts.

    This grant request is focused on rural fire protection. We are requesting $12,000 in funding for the project. During the 1990's and into the early 2000's, the RC&D assisted the 9 counties with installing over 125 dry fire hydrants in rural areas and communities. A dry fire hydrant is a non-pressurized system in a pond or other water source that is available to provide a ready source of water for rural fires. Funding for materials was provided by the US Forest Service, and volunteer labor to install the systems was provided by local units of government and the volunteer fire departments. Once the dry hydrants were installed, we utilized GPS programs to develop location maps that were made available to the fire departments. A number of these dry hydrants have been in place for over twenty years. We have a very critical need to inventory all of the installations, do an evaluation at each site, and develop a plan for updating the sites. We also have a high priority need to develop a new map that shows dry fire hydrant locations. The Emergency Management Agency directors in the RC&D area are supportive of this effort, in that it will help them during emergency situations. Phase I of this project will involve someone visiting each of the sites for the inspection process. Other items to be completed will be to locate the dry hydrant for mapping, update landowner agreements, and estimate cost for any needed repairs.

  • History:
  • In August 1967, the Buckeye Hills Resource Conservation & Development Council was authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture with the overall goal of improving the economic conditions through the development, conservation, and proper use of natural resources. The USDA Soil Conservation Service provided support to RC&D councils nationwide by providing RC&D councils with a coordinator, supplies and equipment, office space, vehicle, and financial support for projects.

    The purpose of the newly formed Buckeye Hills RC&D area, five counties at that time, was to plan for the orderly development of the social, economic, and natural resources. An area plan was developed and put into effect July 1968. This plan addressed a broad range of issues from critical area stabilization, water management and flooding, rural community development, recreation and tourism, and development of community farm markets.

    Over the years, progress was made on many of the original goals and objectives developed for the area. As time changed, the focus and strategies of the Buckeye Hills RC&D council also changed. During the 1970s, environmental issues were brought to sharp focus. RC&D priorities moved towards supporting development of regulations for oil and gas well drilling, planning for abandoned mine land reclamation, forestry and woodland related issues, air and water pollution control, and invasive species control, such as multi-floral rose and autumn olive. Recreation and tourism activities were also a strong component of RC&D projects. Demand for help with planning and developing rural parks and open space areas has been strong for a number of years.

    In the 1980s, the Buckeye Hills RC&D area grew to its current size of nine counties. They also received their 501C-3 tax exempt status in 1988. The new counties had many of the same resource related issues, and many projects were identified, developed and implemented by the RC&D council. The RC&D council averaged between 15-20 completed projects per year.

    The nine county region had between 25,000 to 30,000 acres of abandoned coal mine lands, along with many areas of dangerous abandoned deep mines, that caused water quality problems from mine drainage, sedimentation in stream systems, flooding, and hazards to life. The RC&D council was actively involved in establishing and supporting local watershed action groups. These citizen groups helped identify problem areas, initiate projects, and maintain communications and support in the watershed areas. Federal and state reclamation programs invested millions of dollars to reclaim and restore these damaged lands. There are still a number of reclamation projects that need completed as funding and resources become available.

    In the 1990's, the rural fire protection effort was started. The RC&D area is about 60% forested, so forest wildfires and structural fires in remote areas are of real concern. The terrain of the region is sloping, with narrow ridge tops and narrow valleys. Transportation routes typically follow the ridges and valleys, making responding to fires a challenge for the volunteer fire departments. The USDA Forest Service "Wayne National Forest" has areas of forest land in 7 of the 9 RC&D counties. They have been a strong partner in the rural fire protection project efforts. Local units of government and the volunteer fire departments were key in making this project a success.

    In 2011, Congress did not provide funding for the RC&D program. As a result, USDA withdrew all support and assistance from the program nationwide. Buckeye Hills RC&D made the decision to continue operations without federal support.

    Currently, this RC&D office operates with 3 part-time staff working a combined 25 hours per week. We manage a revolving loan fund with over $300,000 in assets, work with 12 local watershed action groups, maintain a website and other social media sites, provide administrative and management assistance to the Ohio Mine Land Partnership, and provide grant writing assistance to our sponsor organizations. The RC&D Council also has an established endowment fund with the Marietta Community Foundation. The RC&D council awards small grants to our sponsors to use as local match for projects. We have awarded nine $600 grants over the past six years.

    The RC&D council is very focused on moving forward with the rural fire protection project. The need is a priority for multiple entities in our region.

  • Year established:1967
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:29
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:31-1205027

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:311205027
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:344 MUSKINGUM DRIVE SUITE A
  • Organization City:MARIETTA
  • Organization State:OH
  • Organization Zip:45750-1435
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1988
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):351, 402
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc), Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$121,523
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$110,015
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$110,015
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:46:56 am

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