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General Natural Resource Management

pdfResource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County Brochure
pdfPermit Coordination Program
pdfHealthy Lands and Healthy Economies: Natural Capital in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma Counties

pdfHealthy Lands and Healthy Economies: Natures Value in Santa Cruz County

pdfWatershed Awareness Campaign Brochure
pdfEveryday Impacts on the San Lorenzo River Watershed (Courtesy of the SLV Women's Club)
pdfSeptic System Use and Maintenance (Courtesy of the SLV Women's Club)

pdfHow to Get Rid of French Broom
pdfThe Worst Weeds in Santa Cruz County

pdfInvasive Plant Removal Calendar of Santa Cruz County

Stormwater, Drainage and Erosion Management

pdfSlow it, Spread it, Sink it! A Homeowners Guide to Turning Runoff into a Resources
pdfTurning Runoff into a Resource-Assess your property's potential (Self-Assessment)

pdfTips for Installing a Rock-Lined Swale

pdfStraw Wattle Installation Guidelines. Also See the RCD straw wattle installation video.
pdfUse and Mis-use of Plastic on Slopes

pdfWinter Preparedness Checklist

pdfNon-Point Source Pollution, What's That? (Courtesy of the SLV Women's Club)

Private Road Maintenance and Management

pdfCentral Coast Private Road Maintenance Guide

pdfSelf-Assessment for Private Road Repair and Maintenance

pdfSample Private Road Association Maintenance Agreement

How to Form A County Service Area (CSA) for Private Road Maintenance


pdfHedgerows: Benefits to Farmers, Benefits to Wildlife

pdfOval hose sizing for strawberry irrigation

pdfComo estimar la tasa de aplicación de agua de un sistema de riego por goteo o por aspersión

Weekly Irrigation Requirements for Strawberries

pdf48-inch beds, 2 drip lines per bed

Necesidades de riego por semana para fresa

pdfCamas de 48 pulgadas, Dos cintas por cama

pdfCamas de 52 pulgadas, Dos cintas por cama

Permitted Cannabis

pdfGrowing Responsible And Socially Sustainable Cannabis (Upper Salinas - Las Tablas RCD)

pdfGRASS-C Companion Guide GRASS-C Companion Guide (Upper Salinas - Las Tablas RCD)

pdfWatershed Best Managment Practices for Cannabis Grower and Other Rural Gardeners (Mendocino RCD)

pdfPrácticas Óptimas de Gestión De Cuencas Hidrográficas para Cultivadores de Cannabis y Otros Jardineros Rurales (Mendocino RCD)



Living Near Streams and Fish Habitat Protection

pdfStream Wood: A homeowner's guide to wood in Santa Cruz County Streams

pdfSanta Cruz County Stream Care Guide

pdf Landowner Projects to Increase Summer Streamflows in Coastal California

pdfObstructions to Fish Passage
pdfThe Lower San Lorenzo River and Lagoon
pdfSalmonid Survival in the Soquel Creek Watershed

Fire Protection

Fire Prepareness and Protection

pdf2021 RCD Chipping Program flyer

pdfTop 10 Uses for Wood Chips (from the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council)

pdfLiving with Fire in Santa Cruz County

Be Prepared Not Scared - Wildfire and Emergcy Preparedness

Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County - A collection of fire preparedness resources including video presentations
pdfState Parks Fire Program Santa Cruz District Presentation
pdfSanta Cruz County and San Mateo County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Post Fire Recovery

pdfRCD CZU Post-Fire Watershed Recovery Report

pdfAfter the Fire - Dos and Don'ts

pdfPost-Fire Top Ten List - What property owners should consider after fire

pdfDon't Plant Santa Cruz Erosion Control Mix

pdfAfter the Fire - Post Fire Safety During Recovery Operations

pdfAfter the Fire - Restoration on Forestland and Woodland areas

pdfAfter the Fire - Preparing for Winter Post Wildfire

pdfFire Recovery Guide - Comprehensive guide from the California Native Plant Society

pdfPost Wildfire Slope and Channel Processes - Presentation from After the Martin Fire

Livestock and Horsekeeping

Livestock and Land Publications:

pdfFrom the Horses Mouth (Livestock and Land Newsletter, February 2020)

pdfFrom the Horses Mouth (Livestock and Land Newsletter, January 2019)

pdfLivestock and Land Brochure
pdfGet out of the mud... Brochure

Fact Sheets (provided by the Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts):

pdfHorse Keeping: A guide to Land Management for Clean Water

pdfComposting Horse Manure
pdfAdjusting C:N Ratio in Horse Manure Composting
pdfEconomics of Manure Composting
pdfLand Application of Horse Manure
pdfManure Storage for Horse Facilities
pdfManaging Manure: The Role of Riparian Buffers
pdfWater Quality at Horse Keeping Facilities
pdfThe Benefits of Pelleted Bedding at Horse Facilities

Other Fact sheets area available to purchase at Horses for Clean Water.

Workshop Materials

Grant Funding for Drainage and Erosion Projects  - Octpber 19, 2021

pdfGrant Funding Power Point

Presentation Recording (coming soon)


Living on Rural Properties - June 20 and 25, 2019

pdfSite Visit Request Form


pdfWells and Septic System Presentation (John Ricker)

pdfRoads Presentation (Aptos-Matt Weld, Waterways Consulting)

pdfRoads Presentation (Felton-Rich Casale)

pdfErosion and Drainage Presentation (Aptos and Felton-Rich Casale)

pdfPre-Fire Preparedness (Aptos-Patty Ciesla-Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council)

pdfRural Residential Wildfire Preparedenss (Felton-Rich Sampson, CAL FIRE)


pdfHazards from Mud Slides

pdfPost Slope Failure-Top Ten List

pdfMaintaining Your Private Road

pdfErosion Control and Fire Scaping with California Native Plants 


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