West Central Highlands RC&D Council of Emmett has been granted enhanced (Tier II) membership in the National Association’s Circle of Diamonds program, according to the National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Announces. This has placed the local office as one of approximately 25 RC&D Councils out of 375 nationwide to have qualified for this elite status.

By earning Tier II membership, West Central Highlands RC&D Council has clearly confirmed its ability to adhere to the high standards necessary for enhanced membership. It follows an array of governance, personnel, financial management and planning policies and practices that ensure its effective action and transparent and honest administration.

Gem County Commissioner Sharon Pratt is also chairman of RC&D. She said, “the Circle of Diamonds designation is a very sought after award by RC&D Councils throughout the nation to validate and recognize those councils that have produced quality programs within their local communities. Receipt of this national award will assist all of the counties and communities in the WCHRCD area by encouraging partners support when researching and writing grants for requested projects and confirming past performance.

“This is one more item that we can hang our hat on that says we are going the extra mile in our efforts to provide advice, direction, research, administration and implementation of projects. What it does for Gem County (or any of the six in the WCH Council area) specifically is make RC&D more visible, respectable or creditable, and lets organizations know we are here to serve and assist them.”

These policies and practices make it a model for its fellow RC&D Councils and for other nonprofit organizations that strive to serve their communities and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them by their partners and communities.

The National Association of RC&D Councils heartily congratulates West Central Highlands RC&D Council on this well-deserved honor.