Glenn County is located in the heart of the Sacramento Valley and is primarily an agricultural community. The Coast Range mountains are on the west and the Sacramento River is located on the east. Interstate 5 runs north and south through the middle of this rich farm land. The population of Glenn County is slightly over 29,000 and the two major cities, Willows and Orland, lie along Interstate 5 about 1.5 hours north of Sacramento.
With over 1,000 farms and 705,000 acres under cultivation, agriculture remains the primary source of Glenn County’s economy. Major commodities include rice, almonds, dairies, walnuts, corn and wheat.
Glenn County was incorporated on March 5, 1891 and the county seat, Willows, was created 6 days later on March 11, 1891. Glenn County was created out of the northern portion of Colusa County, then called Colusi County and was named for Dr. Hugh L. Glenn, the largest wheat farmer in California in his lifetime.
Established in 1960, formerly as the Elk Creek Soil Conservation District.
The Glenn County Resource Conservation District (RCD) engages farmers, ranchers and the community in protecting our resources through various educational projects and programs. We continue to address natural resource concerns and pursue opportunities that benefit Glenn County. To name a few of our conservation projects and programs, we have an active RCD Connects with Kids program, help promote Soil Health and have developed multiple management plans to address landowner’s natural resource concerns as well as much more! Through these efforts, the RCD has gained a great deal of respect from many who believe natural resources and stimulating the local economy is invaluable to our future.
The Glenn County RCD:
- Promotes voluntary action to resolve natural resource issues
- Focuses attention on local resource opportunities
- Develops and implements educational programs for the benefit of landowners, youth, and community members
- Provides input on the development and implementation of agency programs
- Coordinates with local, state and federal agencies as needed for technical assistance
People are the key to our success! The RCD organizes local volunteers who wish to dedicate their time in supporting conservation projects and programs that benefit Glenn County. Have fun volunteering at the “Run Your Tail Off… through the Watershed” 5K/10K fundraiser for RCD Connects with Kids program or another RCD event!
Join RCD efforts today in making Glenn County a great place to live, work and play!