news 2022 02The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is offering neighborhoods with eight or more participating households a reimbursement 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 “Wildland Urban Interface” areas -- that may potentially be impacted by wildfire.

Register HERE for an informational webinar to be held on Monday, July 24 at 6:00 PM.

Applications open for FireWise USA Communities July 25, 2023 and for all other eligible neighborhoods on August 1st. Last day to submit reimbursement forms is October 31, 2023.

Conley RoadThe RCDSCC invites contractors to bid on the Conley Creek Road Improvement and Culvert Upgrade Project. The project will help to improve water quality in the San Lorenzo River Watershed by reducing sediment loading through the improvements to private road infrastructure.

This project consists if improvements to road drainage, along Conley Creek Road in Boulder Creek, CA, utilizing road shaping methods and installation/upgrade of existing road drainage structures along a 0.95 mile stretch road including 12 reverse grade dips and upgrading or adding culverts.

Mar-BasinBy Nick Sestanovich | Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE - The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency announced Wednesday it was one of four regional groundwater management agencies to receive grant funding from the California Department of Conservation. The recharge net metering and Stormwater Basin Incentive Program, led by the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County and UC Santa Cruz, is one of the projects funded through the grant.

Read original article here.

POst Fire Camp clipOn behalf of the Girl Scouts of Northern California, the RCDSCC invites contractors to bid on the Camp Skylark Hazrd Tree Removal and Forest Health Project, a 37-acre fuels reduction project permitted through the Skylark Ranch Forest Health Project Specific Analysis (PSA). See documents below. The project treatment will improve habitat conditions and ecosystem function of the vegetation communities within the treatment area and increase safety, which would allow the camp to resume operations.

Quarry road culvert projectThe 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 improvments to private road infrastructure.

news 2022 02Work started last week to create a shaded fuel break along the Fall Creek Truck Trail in the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell State Park. This approximately 62-acre project will enhance forest health, improve emergency access, and create more favorable conditions during fire suppression activities. Crews will be reducing the amount of fuel load on the ground, strategically thinning understory vegetation, and removing dead and dying trees that pose a safety hazard. A number of the standing and downed dead trees will be retained for wildlife habitat.

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