In 1990, NRCS led work groups in each of the original eight counties to explain the RC&D program and solicit their interest in developing a RC&D Area. All eight counties identified the need to develop a RC&D Area and request USDA RC&D Program assistance to help them solve identified problems in the area of:
- Erosion and Sedimentation
- Water quality, Water quantity and flooding
- Community Needs and Development
- Conserving Natural Resources
The local groups quantified needs in each problem area. Those were consolidated into a formal application, sponsored by the Conservation Districts and County Commissioners in the eight counties, and submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture in 1992 requesting authorization of the new Timberland RC&D.
Timberland became a Michigan non-profit corporation and aquired its 501(c)3 tax status in 1992.
Timberland's purpose is to help local initiatives do what they want to do:
- Facilitate projects
- Coordinates needed partners
- Seeks technical and financial aid to carry out the project
- Supplies administrative and management assistance as needed
- Does not duplicate other programs or compete for projects but fills locally identified voids