CAL FIRE has awarded the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts a Wildfire Resilience block grant to support ten Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) statewide in helping both public and private landowners with forest management planning and project implementation. More than $390,000 will be coming to the RCD of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) over the course of three years to provide technical assistance to support the development of forest management plans, forest health and fuels management project design.
by McKenzie Gannon | Santa Cruz Local photo credit: North Rodeo Gulch FireWise
As a 30-year Santa Cruz County resident, Susan Tatsui-D’Arcy was alarmed by the destruction of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in 2020. Tatsui-D’Arcy lives on North Rodeo Gulch Road in the Soquel Hills, and she couldn’t help but picture a similar wildfire ripping through forested areas from Highway 9 to Aptos that have not had a large blaze in years.
The RCD of Santa Cruz County seeks a full-time Program Assistant (PA) or Program Specialist (PS), depending on qualifications and experience, to join our expanding Forest Health and Wildfire Resiliency Program and our dynamic team of conservation professionals. The PA/PS will work closely with RCD staff and partners to lead and support forest health and wildfire resiliency projects throughout Santa Cruz County, providing technical assistance and planning and implementation services for large and small-scale projects to facilitate fire resiliency, fire prevention/preparedness, and improved watershed function.
The RCDSCC invites contractors to bid on the Last Chance Road Forest Health Project, a 27-acre ecological restorative project permitted through the Last Chance Road Forest Health Project Specific Analysis (PSA). See documents below. The project treatment will improve the health and continuation of natural regeneration of the Ano Nuevo Monterey pine stand, one of three endemic Monterey pine stands in California.
The RCD seeks a Program Specialist to join a dynamic team of conservation and agriculture professionals. The Program Specialist will work closely with staff and partners to lead development and implementation of stewardship in agriculture projects throughout Santa Cruz County and in the Pajaro Valley in particular.
The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is excited to announce our Spring 2022 No-Cost Community Chipping Program. The program is available to Santa Cruz County residents who live in areas, defined as the Wildland Urban Interface, that have the potential for wildfire to impact their properties. Pre-registration begins on April 1, 2022 at 6:00 AM.
An informational Zoom meeting about how to participate in the the program will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 PM. Click HERE for more information or to register.
This program is funded through grants from the California Fire Safe Council, US Forest Service and CalFire.