Partners & Funders

Partners & Funders

Strong partnerships are the backbone of the RCD of Santa Cruz County. The RCD specializes in bridging gaps between private landowners and public agencies, and solving problems through the creation of partnerships, traditional and non-traditional. The list below includes many of the partners we work with, and/or receive funding from, to provide conservation services around the County.

Operating funds are drawn from local taxes, additional County funding, grants, partnerships, and fundraising activities. The RCD has been very successful in leveraging limited local tax funds to bring millions of dollars for natural resource projects in Santa Cruz County.


Federal Agencies

  • Americorps
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • NOAA
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United States Forest Service
  • USFWS Coastal Program

State Agencies

  • CAL FIRE
  • California Conservation Corps
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Department of Conservation
  • Department of Water Resources
  • State Coastal Commission
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • State Water Resources Control Board

Local and Regional Agencies

  • City of Capitola
  • City of Santa Cruz
  • City of Watsonville
  • County of Santa Cruz
  • Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District
  • Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency
  • Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region
  • San Benito County Resource Conservation District
  • San Benito County Water District
  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District
  • San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
  • Santa Clara Open Space Authority
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Santa Cruz County Fish and Game Commission
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Soquel Creek Water District

Schools and Educational Institutions

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Swanton Pacific Ranch
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Live Oak Elementary School District
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Pacific Elementary School
  • San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
  • Santa Cruz City Schools
  • Soquel Union School District
  • University of California Cooperative Extension
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Nonprofit Organizations, Local Businesses, and Community Groups

  • American Conservation Experience (ACE)
  • Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council
  • California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD)
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Coastal Watershed Council
  • The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Ecology Action
  • Eco Farm
  • El Mercado Popular
  • Farm Link
  • Friends of Soquel Creek
  • Friends of State Parks
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
  • Moore Family Foundation
  • San Lorenzo Valley Women’s Club
  • Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau
  • Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association
  • Save Our Shores
  • Sempervirens Fund
  • South Skyline Fire Safe Council
  • Watsonville Wetlands Watch

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