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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.

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 Public Noticing: April 28, 2021

pdfView the complete 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.

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.

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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..
Davidson 2008 13As firefighters continue to make progress containing the wildfires that burn across our beloved Santa Cruz Mountains, our hearts are with those serving on the front lines, as well as those affected and displaced. Amidst the grief, the outpouring of community support to lift one another up has been inspiring. It is this strength of community that will pull us through, together. And as we begin to think beyond crisis response to recovery, know that the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) is here in service to help heal the community by healing the land. We are coordinating with local, state, and federal partners to put in place critical information and technical assistance for post-fire watershed recovery across the affected area. We are working with our partners to gear up and prepare various resources for when those evacuated by the fire are able to safely return to their land.
biocharThe Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County is wrapping up a three-year project funded by a US EPA Clean Water Grant through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. The goal of the project was to reduce pesticide loading and toxicity to surface and groundwater in the Pajaro River watershed by collaborating with growers and landowners and providing cost-share funding to implement a variety of voluntary management practices.

Grant partners, including Loma Prieta RCD, UC Davis Marine Pollution Studies Lab, UC Cooperative Extension, CDPR, NRCS, and other knowledgeable members of the Technical Advisory Committee selected priority areas for outreach to growers and landowners, and helped select project sites.

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