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, Ryan Sale, 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.
What We Do
Natural resource conservation
The RCD provides a number of services to residents, landowners, agricultural producers, and government agencies of Tehama County, including:
- Funding of cost-share projects for landowners and agricultural producers
- Financial management and oversight of projects related to natural resource conservation, protection, and improvement
- Project development and execution for noxious weed mapping and eradication, resource surveys and analyses, wildfire prevention plans, conservation plans, and resource assessments
- Irrigation evaluation and technical assistance to landowners and agricultural producers through the Mobile Irrigation Lab
- Educational services, materials, and workshops for students, teachers, and the general public throughout Tehama County
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.
Ryan Sale, Treasurer
Mr. Sale is carrying on the family farming tradition to include prune, almond, and walnut production in central Tehama County. He earned a BS in Engineering from the University of Portland and a master’s degree in Public Health. He served as a Red Bluff City Council member for 20 years and has been active with the RCDTC for 15 years. Mr. Sale is a Red Bluff native and values Tehama County as a great place to raise agricultural products and families.
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.
Contact RCD Staff
530.737.5191, tcrcd @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Vicky Dawley, 530.737.5178, vicky @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Tom McCubbins, 530.200.1231, tom @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Kris Lamkin, 530.737.5185, kris @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Kevin Greer, 530.737.5167, kevin @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Rob Rianda 530.737.5179, rob @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Brin Greer, 530.737.5181, brin @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Jon Barrett, 530.737.5184, jon @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Emmy Westlake, 530.737.5180, emmy @ tehamacountyrcd.org
- Mark Ewing, 530.737.5179, mark @ tehamacountyrcd.org
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