Our vision at Golden Triangle RC&D is a sustained natural resource base, increased social and economical opportunities, enriched communities, and an improved quality of life.
Who We Are
The Golden Triangle RC&D (Resource, Conservation, and Development) Council is a 501(c)(3) organization made up of action-oriented volunteers and local leaders who identify problems, develop strategies, and implement beneficial programs and projects in our member county area. We focus on Land Conservation, Water Management, Community Development, and Land Management. The Golden Triangle RC&D Council is committed to natural resource conservation, community development, environmental protection, and cultural and historical preservation. They collaborate with state, federal, and local agencies and organizations to accomplish our mission. The Golden Triangle currently serves 14 counties in the SW Georgia area that include Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Early, Grady, Decatur, Dougherty, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, Terrell and Worth.
The Four Focus Areas of RC&D Councils
- Land Conservation - Councils work with local partners to identify, fund and complete land conservation projects of all types.
- Water Management - RC&D Water Management Projects often create recreation opportunities that also create jobs and make communities more attractive to development.
- Community Development- Working with community partners to improve quality of life and address infrastructure needs in rural areas.
- Land Management – Supporting Landowners in implementing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to get the most from their land, both now and in the future.
(source: National Association of RC&D Councils).
Awards and Achievements
Board Members Recognized for 25 years of Service:
In April 2017, Billy Roland and Luther Clearman were honored at a dinner event for the exceptional length of service and dedication to the Golden Triangle Regional Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council. Roland and Clearman have both served with the natural resource conservation non-profit group in various capacities since its inception in 1992. Together they have served as the representatives for Miller County to the RC&D, and in recent years Roland has been the President while Clearman has served as Vice President. Golden Triangle RC & D presented each gentleman with a plaque at their recent quarterly meeting held at the Moby Dick restaurant in Colquitt on April 20, 2017. The plaques carried the statement “With deepest gratitude for your 25 years of distinguished service and support of the Golden Triangle RC&D Council. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to our organization.” Clearman served as Mayor of Colquitt for many years while Roland is a Georgia Forestry Commission retiree and has served many other leadership roles in the community. “We are very honored to have their leadership and insight on our organization,” says Golden Triangle’s Executive Director Rhonda Gordon. “We look to our board to provide us with the necessary knowledge and education to carry out our mission.” She notes the board’s diversity with each member bringing some valuable component of expertise to the table. “Clearman and Roland have provided excellent leadership in helping pull all the different components together,” says Gordon.
Golden Triangle President Billy Roland appointed as Georgia State RC&D Association Vice President
Golden Triangle is part of a statewide association of RC&D’s. The 11 member groups gather each quarter to share updates and network. It is also an opportunity to get the latest from our state association representative who advocates on our behalf in the state legislature. Golden Triangle’s President, Billy Roland, and Executive Director, Rhonda Gordon, regularly participate in statewide assocation meetings and projects. Gordon was uses these as opportunities to share about our numerous and diverse activities that make Golden Triangle one of the most active RC&D’s in the state. Roland was elected to be Vice President of the state association at a gathering in June of 2017. We are honored and grateful for his willingness to take this leadership role alongside state association president Jeanette Jamieson. We trust that his participation and leadership will play a meaningful role in facilitating further success for RC&D’s across Georgia.
Golden Triangle Executive Director receives McCarty Award for Outstanding RC&D Council Employee
Each year, The Southeast US Conference of RC&D’s recognizes an outstanding RC&D employee who “effectively initiates and manages RC&D Council projects and empowers his or her RC& D Council to utilize the resources available through the RC&D program.” Golden Triangle was honored to have our Executive Director, Rhonda Gordon, recognized as the recipient of The McCarty Award for Outstanding RC&D Council Employee for 2017. While grateful for this honor, she strongly affirms that it has been a team effort of everyone involved that has made Golden Triangle RC&D prosperous and achieved the success recognized in this award.