GOLDEN SANDS RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Conservation That Works!

aka Golden Sands RC&D   |   Stevens Point, WI   |  www.goldensandsrcd.org

Mission

Manage natural and human resources in ways consistent with sound conservation principles by working across county lines to address local concerns.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Hannah Butkiewicz

Main address

1100 Main St Suite 150

Stevens Point, WI 54481 USA

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EIN

39-1451323

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Within central Wisconsin, there are numerous federal, state, and local conservation resources available to private landowners and conservation groups. Individually, these resources may be complex and can work best when integrated together. Golden Sands RC&D acts to address the complexity of these programs by finding ways that they can work together. By working with county land conservation departments as a close partner, Golden Sands RC&D is able to deliver enhanced regional conservation resources to individuals and organizations throughout central Wisconsin.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Our Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Program includes 7 Central Wisconsin Counties:  Green Lake, Marquette, Taylor, Waupaca, Waushara, Portage & Marathon.  We work with the DNR, Counties officials and staff, municipalities, Lake & River Associations, waterfront property owners, bait shops, and others to educate and provide technical assistance and services on aquatic invasive plant and animal species.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have a part-time Managed Intensive Rotational Grazing Specialist on our staff to work with farmers and livestock producers on transitioning to managing intensive rotational grazing plans as well as work with seasoned grazing farms on technical assistance, production and networking.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

We offer a variety of environmental education programs for youth, including free classroom lessons on groundwater and aquatic invasive species, and hands-on conservation field day events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Golden Sands is the fiscal sponsor for this cooperative invasive species management area (CISMA), covering 7 counties: Wood, Portage, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Green Lake, and Waushara counties. We are bringing together partners, landowners, and volunteers to collaborate in the fight against invasive species. We will do this through hosting educational workshops and workdays, promote the mapping and monitoring of invasives, and work to eradicate high-priority invasives before they establish themselves in our region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We coordinate forest landowner cooperatives across our 12 counties to help landowners work together to get better pricing on their sustainably-grown timber and to tap into programs that can help them manage wildlife habitat on their land.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Nature does not recognize city limits or county lines. Addressing environmental issues means that 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 twelve 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.

Golden Sands RC&D works closely with federal, state, and local partners to leverage grants and other resources to develop regional conservation projects. For example, our “Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife” project uses a federal grant to connect neighboring landowners so that they can qualify for a state program (the Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program). When collaborating with their neighbors, landowners qualify for a site visit from natural resource professionals. This enables landowners to develop collaborative strategies for enhancing wildlife habitat and use federal funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to make that happen.

Golden Sands RC&D has been partnering with numerous volunteers, citizen groups, and local, state, and federal agencies since 1972. We have skilled staff that are able to work in a regional capacity to enhance conservation programs in central Wisconsin.

Since 1972, we have partnered with numerous volunteers, citizen groups, and local, state or federal agencies to complete projects that helped to make a difference within our twelve counties. Our mission is to manage natural and human resources in ways consistent with sound conservation principles by working across county lines to address local concerns. We make central Wisconsin a better place to work and live by working on projects that promote clean water, abundant wildlife, and sustainable farming which we will continue to work on in the future to complete our mission.

Financials

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Operations

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GOLDEN SANDS RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ed Hernandez


Board co-chair

Bob Walker

Hugh O'Donnell

Alvin Barden

Reesa Evans

Gary Beastrom

Marathon County

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.