About the ARC&D

Annual Report for 2017, link here

Annual Report for 2016, link here

Annual Report for 2015, download here: newsletter-end-of-2015-web.pdf

Mid-Year Report of 2015 for download here: NewsletterJuly2015

Annual Report for 2014 for download here: AnnualNews2014

Annual Report 2012 for download here: AnnualReport2012


3211 N. Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37601

The Appalachian RC&D Council is 501(c) (3) non-profit organization chartered in 1994 as an volunteer-based agency. We currently have a 20-member Board with trustees from each of the six counties we serve: Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington.

Our mission is to conserve natural resources and improve rural economies through community leadership and enhanced educational opportunities.  We work tirelessly to preserve our heritage, promote local growers/producers and protect the lands of past generations so that future generations may be able to enjoy the natural wonders our region has to offer.

RC&D Councils are a national program established by Federal Public Law in 1962 with responsibilities assigned to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (the USDA’s NRCS).  The RC&D program faced an unprecedented challenge in 2011 when Congressional budget cuts severed federal dollars from the NRCS to support RC&Ds nationwide.  While NRCS remains a valuable RC&D partner, Councils across the nation, including the Appalachian RC&D, have had to transition to a new situation with staffing and operations.

RC&D Councils have never been governmental agencies.  The Appalachian RC&D remains a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our Council is in a strong financial position and we are actively seeking funding and partnerships, and volunteers, to keep multi-year funding in place for our programs.


Awarded Oustanding RC&D Council of 2015 by the TN RC&D Association.

Awarded Outstanding RC&D Council 2015 by the TN RC&D Association.

Appalachian RC&D Service Region


The Council is served by Executive Director Emily Bidgood, Local Foods Promotion Coordinator, Lexy Close, and an AmeriCorps VISTA.

2016 Board of Directors:

Roy Settle, Sullivan County Chair
Lynice Broyles, Washington County SCD representative Vice-Chair
Heidi Davis, Unicoi County  Secretary
Charles Baines, Washington County Treasurer
Mayor Larry Potter, Johnson County  Romayne St. John, Johnson County
Mayor Greg Lynch, Unicoi County  Mike Housewright, Unicoi County
Johnny Lynch, Unicoi County Paul Monk, Unicoi County
Mayor Leon Humphrey, Carter County  Kenny Smith, Carter County SCD representative
Chris Craig, Carter County Mary Bailey Faulkner, Greene County
Ron Dawson, Washington County  George Prewitt, Washington County
Dr. Patrick Stern, Washington County Linda Crouch McCreadie, Washington County
Kenny Smith, Carter County  Bonnie Macdonald, Sullivan County
 Richard Calkins, Johnson County