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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
September 2020

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

RCD Regular Board Meeting (Wed. 9 Sep, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

An integral part of protecting our county's natural resources is understanding and participation in the processes that drive our community’s future. Why not attend an RCD Board of Directors meeting? It’s one of the great ways to meet your neighbors and to get involved! Agenda and Meeting Minutes are available here.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Post-Fire Restoration: What Works & What’s a Waste of Time (Sat. 12 Sep, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

This event is part one of the series "Protecting Your Land After Wildfire."

Davidson 2008 67Protecting and restoring your land after a fire is complex. There is a lot of information on various practices and it's human nature to want to "do" something. This talk, by Certified Erosion Control and Post-Fire Restoration expert Rich Casale, will discuss the most common mistkaes and best practices (which in many cases means don't do anything!).



Presentation Points:

    • The 5 best practices to perform on the landscape following wildfire;
    • Understanding the the impacts of fire on your lands;
    • What post fire land practices are a waste of time;
    • The top ten things a property owner should consider if wildfire has caused damage to their land, roads/driveways and natural resources;
    • "Seeding: To do or not to do, that is the question";
    • The importance of having of an on-site assessment before doing anything on the fire affected landscape.

This event is part of a FREE online series that will provide residents with an understanding of the short and long-term effects of wildfire on the landscape and best practices for aiding the recovery process.

This event is being hosted online using Zoom. Participants will need to have an internet connection and a device compatible with Zoom. Meeting login information will be sent via email two days prior to the event. You must be registered to receive login information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Understanding Forest Regeneration & Hazard Tree Management (Tue. 15 Sep, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Part two of the series "Protecting Your Land After Wildfire."

Davidson 2008 32 cropFire has always been part of the California landscape. As we integrate ourselves into forested areas, fire continues to have a greater impact to our lands, homes, and daily lives. For those who live in the wildland edges understanding the forest regenerative process following fire can strengthen our rebuilding efforts supporting both people and the land. Presenter Steve Auten, a local registered professional forester, will take us through what happens to the trees following fire, discuss the effects of different levels of fire severity, explain what a recovering forest looks like, and how we can evaluate tree damage that might lead to potential hazards. He will draw from his local knowledge and experience working on the post-recovery work of the 2009 Lockheed Fire.

This event is being hosted online using Zoom. Participants will need to have an internet connection and a device compatible with Zoom. Meeting login information will be sent via email two days prior to the event. You must be registered to receive login information.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Managing Drainage & Erosion on Private Property & Roads After Fire (Sat. 19 Sep, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Part three of the series "Protecting Your Land After Wildfire."

Davidson 2008 48The recent fires burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains have displaced thousands of Santa Cruz Mountain residents and damaged or destroyed homes, roads, farms, and forests. As we approach the coming winter, the fire-scarred landscape will exacerbate erosion potential on hillslopes and private road drainage systems in the burn areas. Understanding appropriate techniques to manage runoff and debris will help to protect your property and our creeks and rivers. Presenter Matt Weld is a register civil engineer, hydrologist and certified erosion control specialist who grew up in the San Lorenzo Valley and has an intimate knowledge of the region. He’ll share details on typical erosion control practices like seeding, jute netting, fiber rolls, and most importantly, when doing nothing is the best option. He’ll also highlight practical ways to prevent culverts from plugging and limit debris on your roads.

This event is being hosted online using Zoom. Participants will need to have an internet connection and a device compatible with Zoom. Meeting login information will be sent via email two days prior to the event. You must be registered to receive login information.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Preparing for Post-Fire Changes Along Streams & Waterways (Tue. 22 Sep, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Part four of the series "Protecting Your Land After Wildfire."

Large wood in streamThe aftermath of wildfire can significantly affect our local creeks and rivers. While erosion is a natural process, the loss of vegetation and soil cover after a fire increases runoff and sediment input to waterways. The rate in which the rain runoff reaches the stream after a fire can exacerbate flooding. Ash and potential harmful waste from burned structures and cars can severely effect quality that both human and animals use for drinking. And loss of tree cover can change water temperature. But there are things we can do to help. Kristen Kittleson, the fisheries resource planner for the County of Santa Cruz will share ways to improve the health of the creeks such as leaving fallen in trees in the stream, protecting bare stream banks and limiting polluted runoff from our properties.

This event is being hosted online using Zoom. Participants will need to have an internet connection and a device compatible with Zoom. Meeting login information will be sent via email two days prior to the event. You must be registered to receive login information.

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