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.
The Resource Conservation District and the State of California are seeking bids for a Wetland Enhamncement Project located at Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Watsonville, CA. This project is part of a larger effort to address locally degraded wetlands for enhanced wetland function and amphibian recovery and improve landscape resilience to climate change and restore flood capacity. The project will improve approximately ~0.42 –acres of wetland extending the hydroperiod to allow successful breeding, movement, nesting, and foraging for a wide variety of wildlife species and is crucial for recovery of the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (SCLTS).
By: Hannah Hagemann | Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County residents looking to get their home ready for peak wildfire season can apply for the Resource Conservation District’s no-cost chipping program on Wednesday.
The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) released a Draft Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP) for public review and comment on April 28, 2021.
PWP final 061621 changes tracked (MS Word)
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
The RCD seeks an Agricultural Technical Specialist to join a dynamic team of conservation and agriculture professionals. The Agricultural Technical Specialist will work closely with RCD Agricultural Program staff and with outside partners including University of California Cooperative Extension and the NRCS to provide irrigation water management assistance to agricultural water users in Santa Cruz County, primarily the Pajaro Valley. The Agricultural Technical Specialist will provide growers and irrigators with education, technical assistance, tools and information to evaluate and improve water use efficiency on farms, and will report on program outcomes to funders and stakeholders. They will also apply their skills with irrigation water management to help growers improve nutrient use efficiency, and assist with erosion control and conservation planning on farms. Most of the work is in the Pajaro Valley, where an over $600 million agriculture industry is heavily dependent on an overdrafted groundwater basin. Watersheds in the region drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and many surface waters are impaired for pollutants such as sediment, nutrients and pesticides. This position supports agriculture’s efforts to reduce groundwater pumping on a basin-wide scale, and protect our watersheds.