news 2022 05The RCDSCC invites contractors to bid on the Phase 1 Summit Road Shaded Fuel Break. See documents below for the Phase 1 Summit Road Shaded Fuel Break, a 3-mile, Cal FIRE funded fire prevention project along Summit Road which runs along a ridgeline spanning Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. The project treatment is in a high fire hazard severity area and improve safety for people and structures, create a strategic anchor point for firefighting activities, as well as improve safe egress for community members in case of a wildfire evacuation.

news 2022 05The RCDSCC invites contractors to bid on the Quarry Road Culvert Replacement Project. The project will help to improve water quality in the San Lorenzo River Watershed by reducing sediment loading through the implementation of Best Management Practices.

news 2022 02The 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.

Lockhart Gulch

As part of the Resource Conservation District’s Forest Health and Wildfire Resiliency program, we have been working with Cal Fire and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize landscape scale projects in areas considered to be at high-risk for wildfire. This latest award of $970,000 will fund the Lockhart shaded fuel break, in one of those recognized critical hot spots. 

Matt on Summit RoadBy McKenzie Gannon | Santa Cruz Local

Forest management projects that involve more than 140 Santa Cruz Mountains residents are set to start in August to reduce fuel for wildfires and help create safer escape routes. Some upcoming work includes:

From mid-August to at least mid-November, tree work and brush clearing is expected from Loma Prieta Joint Union School District on Summit Road to Highland Way and Mount Bache Road.

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news 2022 02By Benjamin Spillman | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Instant gratification is a rare commodity in the world of species protection.

It’s a big reason Kelli Camara was so thrilled to find a Santa Cruz Long Toed Salamander during a monitoring visit to the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Watsonville, where an existing wetland was improved to extend the period of ponded water for the endangered species.

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