The Wheatland Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is a public non-profit 501c3 organization located in north-central Oklahoma. We are governed by a grassroots council consisting of members from the following counties: Alfalfa, Blaine, Canadian, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Major and Noble. Our purpose is to accelerate the conservation and development and utilization of natural resources, to improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in the Wheatland RC&D area.
Vision Statement: Improving Life in Rural Oklahoma
Mission Statement: To increase public awareness of environmental concerns and accelerate the development and protection of natural, human and financial resources thereby improving the quality of life.
Our mission id further defined by four operational goals:
● Promote and enhance the financial and economical development of rural areas;
● Support and assist in the development of community leaders;
● Improve the outreach and delivery abilities of the council;
● Encourage leadership and direction to communities to promote a safe and quality living environment.
An entity seeking assistance files a Project Measure Proposal, which is then reviewed and voted on by council members at their bi-monthly meetings. After a project is accepted it is referred to the volunteers and staff for implementation.
Proposal Application Click here
1. Wheatland RC&D works with local banks and REI to assist entrepreneurs in establishing new businesses or expanding existing businesses by utilizing our Revolving Loan Fund and a $25,000 grant from the Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS) program sponsored by the FHL Bank Topeka. Low interest loans through our RLF have assisted a local veterinary clinic, an inspection firm specializing in vessel, piping, and tank inspection services, and a company that manufactures a patented fencing clip to expand and create more quality jobs in our area. This is an ongoing project and Wheatland is actively seeking new applicants.
2. In 2003, Wheatland began a tree grow-out program in partnership with the William S. Key Correctional Center located in Ft. Supply, Oklahoma. Wheatland has purchased several thousand seedlings using grant funding. Inmates at the Correctional Center plant and nurture the seedlings in the nursery. When the seedlings have grown to a viable stage they can be transplanted on any public property to replace trees lost due to violent storms or insect infestations. Towns, schools and other nonprofits have a free source of trees and the inmates gained a program that trains them for outside employment.
4. Wheatland has assisted several communities to establish walking trails for fun and healthy exercise. The Town of Braman recently resurfaced their walking trail while the Kay County Conservation District established the KayCo Eco Trail and outdoor classroom complete with well and working windmill, pond with waterfall, pavilion, native plants and a concrete walking trail with 15 species of tree leaves and 16 animal prints imprinted into the concrete.
5. Children in several rural school districts and towns in Wheatlands area now enjoy safe handicap accessible playgrounds and equipment thanks to Wheatlands grant writing staff and volunteers.
Matt Gard, Chairman
Major County Conservation District
Jack Stewart, V-Chair
Canadian County Commissioner
Cindy Bobbitt, Sec/Treas
Grant County Commissioners
2101 N Ash
Ponca City, OK 74601