The following are links to websites that may be helpful for more information about resource conservation, agriculture and desert habitat management in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (California)—information on soil, air, water, habitat conservation. Descriptions of EQUIP farmers support program and a variety of other United States Department of Agriculture support and outreach programs. Access to NRCS soil web survey. Information in both Spanish and English.
University of California Cooperative Extension (Riverside County)—information on Riverside County Cooperative Extension crop, livestock, farm management, 4-H, Master Gardener programs. Access to University of California Agriculture and Natural Resource publications.
Riverside County Farm Bureau—updates on national, state and county agriculture-related legislation. Information on regional certified Farmers’ Markets. County and state crop reports. Links to Farm Bureau publications.
Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner—information on County Ag Commissioner pest detection, pest eradication, pesticide use enforcement, nursery inspection, organic produce, certified farmers’ market programs. Links to county annual crop reports.
Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District—information on mosquito, fire ant, fly, Africanized Honey Bee control programs. Vector-borne virus monitoring reports. Education and outreach programs.
Division of Land Resource Protection (California Department of Conservation)—information on California Farmland Conservancy and Williamson Act programs to protect agricultural lands. Information on California Watershed Management programs. Access to California Watershed library.
Desert-habitat conservation resources
Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan—descriptions of the CVMSHCP and of protected lands in the Coachella Valley. Provides project monitoring and management plans. Mountain Conservancy—information on Mt. Conservancy land acquisition programs and priorities.
Friends of the Desert Mountains—information on Santa Rosa-San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Friends land acquisition and preservation program. Volunteer opportunities and community events.
Coachella Valley Mountain Conservancy—information on CVMC land acquisition priorities and available grant opportunities. Descriptions and updates on CVMC projects to acquire and protect conservation lands and cultural resources in and around the Coachella Valley for public education and recreation.
Desert horticulture resources
Desert Horticulture Society of the Coachella Valley—information and schedules for numerous horticulture-related lectures, field trips, events in the Coachella Valley including the annual Desert Garden Tour.
Area Resource Conservation Districts
Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District—information on RCRCD water conservation, habitat restoration, land preservation, native plant and education programs.
Greater San Diego County Resource Conservation District—information on Tijuana River Valley community gardens, Milkweed for Monarchs program, FireSafe program and conservation education programs.