Our Mission

Balanced use of natural resources

In the Dust Bowl era of the 1930's, Congress recognized soil erosion as the #1 priority for sustaining a healthy agricultural industry. The Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resource Conservation Service or NRCS) was formed, together with local counterparts called Soil Conservation Districts--today's Resource Conservation Districts. Since that time, the NRCS and RCDs have maintained a close working relationship. Currently 80% of the state is located within a Resource Conservation District.

The Resource Conservation District of Tehama County is a nonregulatory public agency with a mission to assist citizens in the management, conservation, and improvement of the natural resources of Tehama County, facilitating land use decisions that are socially acceptable, environmentally sound, and economically feasible.

Our Story

  • Tehama County, California

    The RCD serves all of Tehama County, covering 1,761,000 acres, except the cities of Tehama, Corning, and Red Bluff. Landscapes in the county include valley floor agricultural and urban uses, foothill grasslands and chaparral, scattered blue oak woodlands, and mixed forest communities in the higher elevations.

  • Board of Directors

    The RCD is governed by five Directors (Walt Williams, Anne Read, Jack Bramhall, and Scott Soder) appointed by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors and by non-voting Associate Directors (Shirley Davis, Kay Burrows, Frank Dawley, Randy Baker, and Holly Dawley) appointed by the RCD's Board of Directors. The board members are all local landowners who volunteer their time to represent the land users in the district, thus ensuring a local voice in natural resource issues. Read more about our board members below.

  • Resource Conservation District

    The RCD was formed in 1987 as a legal subdivision of the State of California, governed by Division Nine of the Public Resources Code, to conserve natural resources within its borders. The District is wholly funded by grants, donations and contracts. It receives no general tax revenues.

Our team

Vicky Dawley - District Manager

vicky at tehamacountyrcd.org
"My favorite place is our family ranch in the oak studded foothills of western Tehama County. It’s where I go to recharge after a busy week in the 'big city' (Red Bluff)."

Vicky has more than 40 years of experience in resource management and ranching. She was the RCD's first employee when she started as a Watershed Coordinator in 1999. She has overseen the growth of the RCD to its current nine employees and annual budget of over $1 million, overseeing millions of dollars in projects and grants. She is currently focusing on a dam restoration on Antelope Creek, assistance with education and outreach for the CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition, and restoration of side channels along the Sacramento River for salmon rearing habitat. Other major projects have included planting and maintenance of elderberry mitigation sites, conservation projects for local ranchers and owners of wildland parcels, and numerous environmental studies and reports. Since 1974, she has also managed her family-owned "off the grid" ranch, has raised three kids there at the end of seven miles of dirt road, and now has six amazing grandchildren.
Business BA, Simpson University.
Three years botanical studies, UC Davis

Tom McCubbins - Project Manager

tom at tehamacountyrcd.org
"The Battle Creek watershed in northern Tehama County is one of my favorite spots. The cool green canyons along its two forks are great places to be during the heat of our summer months!"

Tom has 18 years of experience working for the RCD and for private consulting firms and state and federal agencies. As Project Manager for the RCD, most recently Tom has been conducting CEQA environmental analyses, assisting with fish passage improvements in the lower Antelope Creek watershed, and preparing a grant application to design and implement an erosion and sediment control project along Ponderosa Way in eastern Tehama County. Over the years, he has also managed a number of watershed assessment projects, resource management plans, and wildland fire planning efforts for the RCD. Tom has also negotiated and managed contracts for well drilling, construction services, and environmental remediation.
Geography/Natural Resources BA, CSU Chico
Environmental Planning and Quantitative Methods (graduate level), CSU Chico
Purchasing, Materials Management and Contract Admin Certification, UC Berkeley

Kris Lamkin - Controller

kris at tehamacountyrcd.org
"I enjoy being on the Sacramento River between the towns of Red Bluff and Tehama. Kayaking this placid stretch of the River as it meanders through riparian areas and agricultural land is a perfect way to take a break from the Valley heat--and to catch dinner!"

Kris is the Controller for the RCD and oversees the organization’s fiscal systems. Her responsibilities include all of the District’s financial transactions, financial statement preparation, cash flow forecasting, budgeting, payroll, human resources, and grant accounting, in addition to financial reporting to the Board of Directors. She also provides consulting services through the RCD to other Special Districts and nonprofits to assist them with fund accounting and grant reporting issues. Prior to her arrival at the RCD in 2008, Kris worked as an Accountant for various agricultural business companies in the North State.
Kris also has a great love of horses, and she has operated her own horse training and marketing business since 1997 here in Tehama County.
Business Administration BS (Accounting concentration), CSU Chico
Continuing education in Nonprofit and Special District Accounting

Kevin Greer - Program Manager, Mobile Irrigation Lab

kevin at tehamacountyrcd.org
"The BLM Sacramento River trails in the Bend are amazing! This is an area where the river cuts through spectacular rock formations surrounded by rolling hills of oak trees and beautiful springtime flowers."

Kevin has worked in the Tehama County region for the past 15 years with a variety of irrigation systems, including applications for agricultural, residential, and commercial businesses. As Program Manager for the Mobile Irrigation Lab since 2009, he has greatly advanced the program's success, completing 530 irrigation evaluations in 10 counties in Northern California as of 2016. Kevin works closely with the local community to advocate water conservation and water use efficiency, speaking to diverse groups ranging from members of the agricultural community to residential water users and students of all ages. As a native of Tehama County, Kevin can recommend many spectacular places to go in Tehama County, but he's going to keep some of them a secret.
Geography BA with honors, Geology minor, CSU Humboldt
GIS certificate, CSU Chico
Agricultural Irrigation Auditor, Cal Poly and CSU Fresno
CA Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor

Rob Rianda - Project Manager

rob at tehamacountyrcd.org
"Growing up on a large ranch gave me a great appreciation for the complexities and rewards of land ownership. Tehama County has wide open spaces and many hunting and fishing opportunities on both public and private lands."

Rob has many important skills centered around project management, energy efficiency, and water conveyance. He has previously worked as a Residential Energy Consultant, as co-owner of a Hollister business, and as manager of canal operations and maintenance for the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority. Rob now handles chipper and brush removal projects for the RCD.
Soil Science BS Cal Poly, SLO
Commercial Driving License
Pesticide Applicator License
Pesticide Control Advisor License
First Responder Training
Hazardous Materials Handling
Energy Efficiency

Brin Greer - Project Manager

brin at tehamacountyrcd.org
"With Lassen peak as the backdrop, Jelly's Ferry provides easy access to a beautiful cross section of Tehama County's natural landscape: the Sacramento River and its riparian habitat of water-loving vegetation that gives way to rolling oak savanna."

Brin has extensive experience with program development and community relations in both the public and private sectors, helping to advance the RCD's grant projects and educational outreach campaigns. On behalf of the Tehama Conservation Fund, she coordinates the Wild & Scenic(R) Film Festival On-Tour in Red Bluff and the "Conservation Conversation" series. Prior to her arrival at the RCD, Brin worked in the California wine industry, agricultural renewable energy production, and solid waste source reduction sectors. Brin is our resident expert in “reduce, reuse, and recycle”!
Geography BA with Honors, CSU Humboldt

Mark Ewing - Lead Conservation Technician

mark at tehamacountyrcd.org
"The Tehama District Fairground holds many fond memories for me: the Red Bluff Roundup, kids and 4H, team penning, ranch sortings, and the Cattlemen's dinners--it's a great place for people to gather and socialize."

Mark has been employed by the RCD for the last three years to supervise work crews and fuel break projects. His 17 years of dairy farming experience has made him an expert in equipment maintenance and repair, and Mark maintains the RCD pickups, chippers, and rotowiper. Mark is an avid hunter, camper, 4-wheeler, horseback rider, and fisherman, as you can see from the first salmon he caught in 2015 out of the Sacramento River.
Qualified Applicator License

Jon Barrett - Program Manager

jon at tehamacountyrcd.org
"I was born and raised in Southern California, spent some time going to school in Wyoming, and then returned to the Sunshine State. I enjoy Tehama County for its abundant natural resources and many recreational opportunities."

Jon was born and raised in Southern California. After graduation from high school, he spent some time going to school in Laramie, Wyoming before the cold forced him back to the "Sunshine State." Jon graduated with honors from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business and Marketing. Prior to joining the RCD, Jon spent his entire career in the private sector, developing large scale projects and running multimillion dollar budgets.
Business/Marketing, Cal State Northridge

Emmy Westlake - Project Manager

emmy at tehamacountyrcd.org
“The opportunity to work alongside Ranchers and Farmers in this beautiful county and surrounding area is a dream come true”.

Emmy is the STWEC member coordinator for the District. She comes from a long line of cattle producers, with five generations in Shasta County. She grew up working alongside her family with their custom haying business and was an active member of her FFA and 4-H clubs. Emmy has attained a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an option in Management from Chico State and has over 15 years of experience in the management field. The opportunity to work alongside the producers is exciting, and she is so proud to be part of their legacy and industry.
Business Administration/Management BA, CSU Chico

our board of directors

  • Jack Bramhall, President

    Mr. Bramhall has been involved in natural resource management pertaining to soil and forest health as well as water quality. He is a registered professional forester and served as a Soil Conservationist for 25 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as well as Lead Ecologist for river basin studies. He also served as an area forester in northern California for 17 years. Prior to the 14 years of work for the Western Shasta RCD, he served as a Water Quality Officer at the state level for 3 years. Mr. Bramhall has been active with the RCDTC since 1997 and holds a BS in Ag/Forestry from the University of Connecticut. He earned his master’s degree in Forest Management from New York State University-Syracuse. He has lived in Tehama County since 1977 and values the rural setting as well as the appealing real estate value.

  • Walt Williams, Vice President

    Mr. Williams served as CAL FIRE Ishi Camp Division Chief from 1971 to 2008. He earned his A.A. from Shasta College and has been active with the RCDTC since 2007. He was born and raised in Red Bluff and values the wide open spaces that he calls ‘home.’ He also appreciates the view-shed that agricultural lands provide.

  • Anne Read, Secretary

    Mrs. Read has been involved in various projects on the family Read Ranch. Implementing NRCS practices on the ranch over the years sparked her interest in natural resource conservation. Having seen how the practices improved the ranching operation, she joined the RCDTC board in the early 1970s to help agriculture manage its resources. Mrs. Read holds a degree in Education from the University of Oregon and earned her teaching credential at San Jose State. She served on the BLM’s Regional Advisory Committee (2 year term). She developed the Kelly-Griggs House Museum guide/docent program and served as Chair of the Tehama County Coordinating Council on Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Read is a Red Bluff native who values Tehama County’s oak woodlands and appreciates the ability to see the mountains and night sky due to the county’s clean air and lack of light pollution.

  • Open Board Position

  • Scott Soder, Director

    Dr. Soder spent the first ten years of his professional career working with the 4-H Youth Development Program at national and state levels on the East Coast. Upon his return to California in 1987 he spent another 11 years serving as a management consultant for nonprofit organizations, specializing in strategic planning, Board development, and fund raising. For the last several years he has been enjoying the rural nature and natural resources of Tehama County where he specializes in farm, ranch, and recreational real estate sales and investing with California Outdoor Properties. Scott has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Occidental College and a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Education from Cornell University.

Clients say

The RCD has an excellent reputation for taking on large environmental and conservation projects ...and completing them on time and on budget. -- Ben Hughes, Chairman, Sacramento River Discovery Center
Partnering with the RCD [in the Energy Upgrade program] was a great oportunity teaching others some of the advanced tools and products that are being used...to reduce energy consumption. -- Aracely Castro, President, Latino Outreach of Tehama County
The Tehama County RCD has been an advocate for fire protection activities, but more importantly, they are providing leadership in Tehama County..." -- Alfred G. Vazquez, District Ranger, Almanor Ranger District, USFS