Formed on April 28, 1968, Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. (Seneca Trail RC&D) has completed soil and water protection projects, provided training for agricultural best management practices, and supported rural infrastructure improvement projects. More recently, Seneca Trail RC&D has participated in the development of new technologies, including bio-remediation that will potentially change how surface water flow is treated and reintroduced back into the natural water cycle, and recovery of valuable chemicals from farm and forest fiber residues that may then be converted to direct substitutes for energy and other products derived from coal, petroleum, and natural gas, with the remaining biomass available for use as pellet fuel, reconstituted wood products, and nano-crystalline cellulose. At the heart of all Seneca Trail RC&D's activity is the recognition that landowners and working lands play a vital role in the success of the rural New York economy.
As a Regional Navigator, Seneca Trail RC&D plans to identify candidate lands for program inclusion, increase farmers' understanding for the initiative, and guide those interested in participation through the sign-up process on the Farmland for a New Generation New York website. The anticipated service area includes Erie and Cattaraugus counties.