The mission of the Giziibii RC&D association is facilitating community and economic development with careful balancing of natural resource stewardship.



Giziibii (meaning big river) RC&D is a unique program that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural and social resources in ways that improve their area’s economy, environment, and quality of life. The RC&D program was established in the Agriculture Act of 1962. Headwaters RC&D was incorporated in Minnesota on June 17, 1974 and later changed its name to Giziibii RC&D. The council consists of representatives from five counties: Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Mahnomen and three Reservations: Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth.
Over its 38 year history Giziibii RC&D has primarily acted as a conduit between USDA, rural development and conservation programs and the local community. Giziibii RC&D has provided grant research, writing, management and fiscal agency services to deliver community initiated and driven projects.
The diverse selection of projects for which Giziibii RC&D assisted with grant writing, management and /or fiscal agency include:

  • Aquiring Ambulances, Fire Trucks & Equipment for Small Communities
  • Installation of Dry Hydrants
  • Special Forest Products Education and Business Development
  • Forest Management Education
  • Development of a Gasification Plant to Produce Electricity
  • Installation of a School Wind Tower Generator
  • Delivery of a Tribal Youth Winter Program
  • Facilitating Annual Grazing Tours
  • Supporting Farmers Markets
  • Landscape Projects and Numerous Workshops

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