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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).

Sealed bids are due at the office of the RCDSCC located at 820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136, Capitola, CA 95010, by 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at which time they will be publicly opened and read. All social distancing requirements will be adhered to during the bid opening.


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Bid Documents

pdfBid Cover Letter

pdfInvitation to Bid

pdfExhibit C - 100% Designs

pdfExhibit D - Geotechnical Investigation


pdfAddendum No. 1


   pdfRevised Bid Sheet

   pdf100% Construction Drawings, dated 7/16/2021

   pdfTechnical Specifications, dated 7/16/2021

   pdfAddendum to Geotechnical Report, dated 7/14/2021


pdfAddendum No. 2












Cuesta After 2The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County is thrilled to announce our Summer 2021 No-Cost Community Chipping Program. 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. Early bird registration started May 7th for residents in Santa Cruz County neighborhoods that have achieved, or are in the process of, FireWise USA recognition. Registration begins for ALL other eligible Santa Cruz County residents on May 12, 2021 at 6:00 AM.

With the limited rains we had this past winter, Santa Cruz County is likely to experience greater than normal wildfire risk due to extra dry conditions. This program incentivizes the creation of defensible space around homes in high wildfire risk areas by offering no-cost chipping for residents who clear vegetation within 100 feet of occupied structures or 10 feet on either side of a private road. “Now more than ever we need to be diligent about the landscape immediately next to our homes,” explained Angie Gruys, who manages the chipping program for the RCD. “It’s been a difficult year for so many and we hope that by offsetting some of the cost more folks will be able to reduce wildfire hazards around their properties and neighborhoods.”

Establishing and maintaining defensible space around your home and outbuildings, before fire-prone summer months, is imperative in avoiding major damages to your property when wildfire strikes. Defensible space is the buffer you create between buildings and the vegetation that surrounds them to prevent structures from catching fire, either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Creating ample buffer zones not only increases the chances of your home surviving a fire on its own, but it also gives firefighters a safer location from which to defend your home. In fact, fire crews are more likely to spend time and prioritize defending your property if you have taken steps to limit fuel loads around your buildings.

Having defensible space does not mean you need a ring of bare dirt surrounding your property; with proper planning, you can have a fire safe home and a beautiful landscape. The general concept is that trees should be kept farthest from the house, shrubs can be closer, and lawns and bedding plants can be the closest. If your landscaping has a different configuration than this, you can improve defensibility by keeping larger trees limbed up and shrubs free of dead, dry material.

How does the program work?

Signups are first-come-first served by region and each household must complete a two-part registration process to be enrolled and confirmed into the program. Part one is an online pre-registration applicationto verify space is available, and part two is achipping scheduling formthat is completed once your materials are stacked and ready for chipping. A detailed schedule of areas served, deadlines for program applications, chipping dates and guidelines for preparing materials for chipping are posted on the RCD No-Cost Chipping Program web page.

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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.

pdfView the Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP) public draft by clicking here.

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pdfPWP final 061621


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
pdfView the complete RCD public notice by clicking here.

Date of California Coastal Commission Public Noticing: June 25, 2021
pdfView 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

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:

Questions and comments regarding the Draft Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan can be directed to the RCDSCC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.


pdfDownload comments that were received through the public comment period of June 9th.

pdfResponse to comments


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


pdfBoard Hearing Power Point Presentation


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Please submit the online Informal Request for Qualifications Statement form HERE. The RCDSCC will accept submissions of qualifications statements on a continual basis and will begin review and consideration as they are received. We therefore encourage contractors and consultants to submit qualifications statements as soon as possible.

The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) seeks qualified consultants and contractors to support the RCDSCC’s Forest Health and Wildfire Resiliency Program. The goal of the program is to improve our community’s overall forest health by reengaging ecosystem functions, such as healthier tree stand and understory vegetation densities, in turn reducing wildfire risk and improving fire resiliency. Additionally, the RCDSCC strives to assist landowners in increasing defensible space, improving emergency evacuation/access routes, and promoting watershed ecosystem processes in Santa Cruz County.

The purpose of this solicitation is for the RCDSCC to build a database of qualified professional consultants and contractors to pull from for future projects. Any qualified consultant or contractor interested in working with the RCDSCC for forest health and fuels management projects may fill out and submit this online form to be entered into our database for consideration. As an Informal Request for Qualifications Statement, this form does not constitute a Request for Proposal, and therefore the RCDSCC does not award a contract for services contemplated by the Informal Request for Qualifications Statement. Online form submittals will be compiled in a database that the RCDSCC will use to send out Request for Proposals for future specific projects.

The RCDSCC is requesting experience and qualifications information from consultants and contractors for activities related to forestry projects including:

  • Project planning and development
  • Designs
  • Permitting (e.g. California Environmental Quality Act, Coastal Development Permits, biological assessments, etc.)
  • Implementation oversight support for fuel reduction, tree removal, selective thinning, revegetation.
  • Licensed Operators (Registered Professional Forester, Certified Arborist, License Timber Operator, Licensed Herbicide Applicator, etc.)

Projects may include one or more of the above activities. Firms may respond to one or more of the above activities. Firms may respond individually or as a team.

Questions can be sent to Matt Abernathy, Forest Health and Wildfire Resiliency Program Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Resource Conservation District
of Santa Cruz County

820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136
Capitola, California 95010

Phone: (831) 464-2950

RCD Board meetings are normally held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Click here for Agendas and Minutes.