RCIS Virtual Open House

Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS)
Virtual Open House

Thank you for visiting the online public workshop for the Santa Cruz County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS). To participate in the workshop, please review the materials for each section below and submit comments using the provided form.

Recent Updates

  • Virtual open house available through Feb. 19, 2021
  • Public workshop via Zoom scheduled for Jan 21, 2021
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The SCCRCIS will provide a comprehensive regional conservation strategy that enables protection of the region’s focal species and other conservation elements. The regional conservation strategy and associated conservation actions can inform compensatory mitigation, including advanced environmental mitigation efforts, for transportation and other major infrastructure projects in Santa Cruz County. Opportunities for advanced mitigation including, but not limited to Mitigation Credit Agreements (MCA), can reduce project risk and support timely transportation project delivery. An approved RCIS will allow RTC to enter MCAs, which create mitigation credits in advance of project impacts by implementing conservation or enhancement actions to achieve RCIS goals.

Schedule Overview

Characterize Existing Conditions and Identify Conservation Elements Apr. 2020 – Dec. 2020
Assess Pressures and Stressors; Draft Conservation Goals, Objectives, and Actions Sep. 2020 – Jan. 2021
Develop Admin Draft RCIS Jan. 2021 – Apr. 2021
Revise RCIS; Public Workshop and Review Apr. 2022 – Aug. 2022
Finalize RCIS Sep. 2022 – Dec. 2022


Review a Station

Station 1: Environmental Setting

Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) project area map of Santa Cruz County. Map layers include streams, water bodies, highways, and jurisdictional boundaries.

This section provides background information about the environmental conditions and existing and planned development in Santa Cruz County. It then describes the process and outcomes of steps to identify the RCIS conservation elements: the natural communities, species, and other conservation elements that will be the focus of the conservation strategy (see Station 2).  Once identified, SCCRCIS stakeholders  review and provide input on the conservation elements prior to to an analysis on the pressures and stressors to the conservation elements is conducted. The results are then used to develop conservation strategies.   

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Station 2: Conservation Elements

This section identifies the RCIS conservation elements: the biological communities and species, as well as other aspects of the landscape, that are analyzed in the RCIS. The conservation elements will benefit from conservation actions and habitat enhancement actions that will be outlined in the RCIS conservation strategy, which will be developed in the next stage of the RCIS planning process, and will implemented as part of conservation investments and mitigation credit agreements (CDFW 2018).

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Station 3: Goals, Objectives, & Actions

Santa Cruz landscape

  1. Land acquisition and protection
  2. Habitat creation & restoration
  3. Restoration of creeks and rivers
  4. Restoration of habitat on public land
  5. Installation of wildlife crossings and fish passage barrier removal

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Santa Cruz Office

1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
phone – (831) 460-3200
fax – (831) 460-6178
email – rcis_santacruzcounty@sccrtc.org