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news 2022 04By: Kevin Sweeney | Sempervirens Fund

Mill Creek had been blocked since early in the last century by a 12-foot-tall, 25-foot-wide dam a quarter mile upstream from its confluence with the main aquatic thoroughfare, San Vicente Creek. In September 2021, that dam was removed, giving Mill Creek another half mile of free flow. But this project was not undertaken because of the territory above the dam—the real goal is to restore waters below it.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Funds for Chipping: Act Now!

By: TPG Online Daily

The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County is offering neighborhoods with eight or more participating households a reimbursements of chipping costs related to the creation of defensible space for wildfire preparedness.

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The Resource Conservation District (RCD) is now accepting applications from residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains in need of technical and/or financial assistance to address erosion and drainage issues on private properties and roads. With a focus on reducing sediment runoff to local waterways the RCD is providing one-on-one support to road associations, County Service Areas (CSA), and individual homeowners to identify erosion and drainage problems, recommend solutions, develop plans, secure permits if needed, and provide cost-share for the construction of improvements.

chipping FAll 2021The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is offering neighborhoods, with eight or more participating households, a reimbursements of chipping costs related to the creation of defensible space for wildfire preparedness. 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. All chipping must be completed by October 31, 2021 and a neighborhood representative should sign up to reserve funds at chipping.rcdsantacruz.org. The program is first-come-first-served.

Background: The Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2016. Our mission is to educate and mobilize the people of Santa Cruz County to protect their homes, community, and the environment at risk from catastrophic fire. Two-thirds of Santa Cruz County is considered Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), putting a large percentage of our population, housing, economy, wildlife, and environment at risk.

The FSCSCC seeks an Administrative Coordinator to support and enhance the efforts of our volunteer board of directors to help the public learn to live with fire in Santa Cruz County. This is a limited term contract initiated and funded by the County Board of Supervisors through June 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal in future years.

By: National Association of Conservation Districts

The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County got a jump start on a key piece of its forest health programs just a year after the worst fire on record in the county.

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