The 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.
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.
By 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:
By 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.
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.