The RCD’s Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP) was certified by the California Coastal Commission on June 25, 2021. View the Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan here:
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The goal of the RCDSCC PWP is to meet the need for programmatic permitting for high-priority forest health and fuels management projects to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve ecological conditions for forests, woodlands, and grasslands within the coastal zone. The PWP provides a planning framework to efficiently review and authorize vegetation management projects within the Program Area over the next ten years using principles, strategies, and best management practices that align fire prevention planning with the protection of coastal resources. This draft PWP is the result of a coordinated planning process of the RCDSCC and San Mateo RCD, in collaboration with State Parks, Cal FIRE, CA Coastal Commission, and staff of the planning departments of Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. A parallel Draft PWP is under development to serve the need in San Mateo County.
Date of Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County Public Noticing: April 28, 2021
View the complete RCD public notice by clicking here.
Date of California Coastal Commission Public Noticing: June 25, 2021
View the complete Coastal Commission public notice by clicking here.
Date of Public Hearing: The RCDSCC will host a public hearing on the draft PWP at the RCDSCC Board of Directors Meeting June 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Location: Web https://zoom.us/j/708386048?pwd=bm5RWklIbEIvbEQ0K0ZWdTFmMENQQT09
Or Phone 1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 708-386-048, Meeting Password: 599600
The meeting agenda will be posted at least 10 days prior to the hearing, and can be found on the RCDSCC’s website here: www.rcdsantacruz.org/board-meeting-docs
Questions and comments regarding the Draft Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan can be directed to the RCDSCC at or 831-464-2950.
Written comments are due by midnight on June 8th. Oral comments will continue to be received at the June 9th hearing.
Download comments that were received through the public comment period of June 9th.
Click here to view public comments submitted to the San Mateo PWP.
About Public Works Plans (PWP): A PWP is a land use planning document that plans for and sets a framework for implementing a specific public works project or array of public works-related activities. A PWP provides a land use planning alternative to Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) for obtaining approval of large or phased public works projects, as well as any development proposed by a special district, and remains under the authority of the Coastal Commission irrespective of coastal permit jurisdictional boundaries. A PWP is an alternative to project-by-project review for public works, which would otherwise require multiple coastal development permits for different components of the public works project. For more information contact the Coastal Commission at
On February 28, 2020 the Resource Conservation District concluded a four year grant funded by a US EPA Clean Water Grant through an agreement with the State Water Resource Control Board. The monies were used to implement the Livestock and Land program, which was started in Santa Cruz County by local conservation districts and NGO’s as a way to work affect positive changes to water quality concerns from livestock facilities. This round of funding targeted small ranches in the Pajaro River Watershed where we work with landowners on a voluntary basis to help reduce the potential of sediments and fecal coliform from entering local waterways.
The Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties have been awarded two grants totaling nearly $5.3 million for a collaborative regional effort to improve the health of local forests, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and mitigate climate change.
The funds will be used to reduce potential wildfire fuel loads over 968 acres of forest, and to reforest 80 acres of private and public lands across the Santa Cruz Mountains. Partners involved in the project include Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Big Creek Lumber, California State Parks, Girl Scouts of Northern California, Peninsula Open Space Trust, San Mateo County Parks, Sempervirens Fund, Save the Redwoods League, and private landowners.
“Forests cross property lines, so collaborative efforts such as these are essential for restoring forest health,” states Lisa Lurie, Executive Director of the RCD of Santa Cruz County. “Through partnership, diverse interests are coming together to work towards common goals of reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfire while helping our forests to thrive.”