wattles for erosion control Fire Recovery 

Mountains of Wattles

Team of Volunteers in Boulder Creek Stuffs Their Own By Joshua David Macha My family and I have lived north of town in Boulder Creek for seven years. We love this forest and its waterways, from drinking from the creeks to swimming in the summer. These amazing natural resources are the reason we live here. One night while evacuated I… Read More
Last Chance Community Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Fire Fire Recovery Local News 

Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Takes Action

By Beth Prentiss with Rebekah Uccellini Kuby and Tiffany Worthington While cooler weather and rains may spell relief for some people worried about wildfires, for others they mean a race against the clock to protect our waterways from toxic ash runoff before heavy rains begin. The Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition has been working non-stop since the wildfires to contain the… Read More
Santa Cruz County Planning Department Fire Local News 

Fire Recovery Permit Center Open

This morning, December 4, 2020, the county announced the opening of their Fire Recovery Permit Center for residents who lost or experienced damage to their homes during the #czulightningcomplex fire. Today’s press release: FIRE RECOVERY PERMIT CENTER NOW OPENThe County of Santa Cruz announces the opening of the Recovery Permit Center (RPC) to assist CZU Lightning Complex residents with all… Read More
Valley Women's Club PGE Trees Commentary Environment Local News 

Commentary: Support for Resolution Against PG&E

Your speedy endorsement action is needed to support the proposal of Supervisor Bruce McPherson and Ryan Coonerty: ‘Resolution to support the County of Santa Cruz Filing a Formal Complaint Against PG&E with the CPUC’ Your response of support will show your PG&E tree removal concerns to the Board of Supervisors. PG&E has applied tree removal methods that are investigated by CalFire… Read More
Jayme Ackemann Ben Lomond California Columns Fire 

From Denial to Grief and Gratitude

A firsthand perspective on surviving a fire that “couldn’t happen”  By Jayme Ackemann Every fire evacuation isn’t as dramatic as those middle-of-the-night knocks our neighbors in Boulder Creek got, but mine was every bit as terrifying. The CZU Lightning Complex fire evacuation order came down for Ben Lomond, the San Lorenzo Valley town where I live, on August 18. It… Read More