About Golden Triangle RC&D

Our vision at Golden Triangle RC&D is a sustained natural resource base, increased social and economical opportunities, enriched communities, and an improved quality of life.


Who We Are


The Golden Triangle RC&D (Resource, Conservation, and Development) Council is a 501(c)(3) organization made up of action-oriented volunteers and local leaders who identify problems, develop strategies, and implement beneficial programs and projects in our member county area. We focus on Land Conservation, Water Management, Community Development, and Land Management. The Golden Triangle RC&D Council is committed to natural resource conservation, community development, environmental protection, and cultural and historical preservation.  They collaborate with state, federal, and local agencies and organizations to accomplish our mission.  The Golden Triangle currently serves 12 counties in the SW Georgia area that include Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Early, Grady, Decatur, Dougherty, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole and Terrell.

The Four Focus Areas of RC&D Councils


Land Conservation -  Councils work with local partners to identify, fund and complete land conservation projects of all types.


Water Management - RC&D Water Management Projects often create recreation opportunities that also create jobs and make communities more attractive to development.


Community Development- Working with community partners to improve quality of life and address infrastructure needs in rural areas.


Land Management – Supporting Landowners in implementing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to get the most from their land, both now and in the future.


(source: National Association of RC&D Councils).

Board Members

Billy Roland


Doug Wilson

Vice President

Wallace O’Neal


Jack Hufstetler


Rhonda Gordon

Executive Director

Julie Shutters

Implementation Manager

Andrew Jansky

Watershed Program Assistant

Karen Reese

Certified Conservation Planner Manager

Gina Pate

Conservation Planner

Trisha Rice

Conservation Planner

Darrell Clayton

Certified Conservation Planner

Steve Collier

Conservation Planner

Field Technicians

Harold Wilson

Calvin Willis

Service Awards

Billy Roland

Luther Clearman

Billy Roland and Luther Clearman were recently honored for the exceptional length of service and dedication to the Golden Triangle Regional Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council.  Roland and Clearman have both served with the natural resource conservation non-profit group in various capacities since its inception in 1992. Together they have served as the representatives for Miller County to the RC&D, and in recent years Roland has been the President while Clearman has served as Vice President.


Golden Triangle RC & D presented each gentleman with a plaque at their recent quarterly meeting held at the Moby Dick restaurant in Colquitt on April 20. The plaques carried the statement “With deepest gratitude for your 25 years of distinguished service and support of the Golden Triangle RC&D Council. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to our organization.”


Clearman served as Mayor of Colquitt for many years while Roland is a Georgia Forestry Commission retiree and has served many other leadership roles in the community. “We are very honored to have their leadership and insight on our organization,” says Golden Triangle’s Executive Director Rhonda Gordon. “We look to our board to provide us with the necessary knowledge and education to carry out our mission.” She notes the board’s diversity with each member bringing some valuable component of expertise to the table.  “Clearman and Roland have provided excellent leadership in helping pull all the different components together,” says Gordon.

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