Arana Gulch is an open space located on 67 acres at the eastern border of the City of Santa Cruz. The eastern half of the property features the riparian corridor of Arana Gulch Creek and a tidal wetland where the creek drains into Monterey Bay at the Santa Cruz Harbor. The western half is a remnant of coastal prairie grassland that supports the Santa Cruz tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia) (SCT), a federally Threatened and a CA State Endangered species. A steep and narrow intermittent drainage called Hagemann Gulch crosses the property on the western boundary.
Habitat Management Plan
>Implementation of the Arana
Gulch Master Plan required the City to obtain a coastal development permit
(CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (CCC) because a portion of the
planning area lies within the designated Coastal Zone. The CDP (3-11-074)
includes both standard and special conditions. The Arana Gulch Habitat
Management Plan (HMP) was developed to satisfy the special conditions of the
CDP. The purpose of the HMP is to provide for the restoration, enhancement, and
long-term management of the Arana Gulch habitat Management Areas as
self-sustaining and functioning habitats in perpetuity. The Management Areas
include: the Coastal Prairie/Tarplant Management Area, the Arana Gulch Riparian
and Wetland Management Area, and the Hagemann Gulch Riparian Woodland
Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG)
The HMP describes an Adaptive Management framework to guide the process of improving habitat
conditions at Arana Gulch. The adaptive management framework recognizes
that effective resource management and land-use decision-making requires sound
scientific information.The Adaptive Management Working Group (AMWG) has a
central role is the framework to guide the City on the implementation of HMP
activities; The working group serves at the pleasure of the City with the
approval of the Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission.
Establishment of the Arana Gulch AMWG has been conducted by the City of Santa Cruz to meet the
first requirement of the CDP special conditions. It is comprised of a group of cooperative and committed stakeholders interested in the outcomes of decision-making and in the technical process of managing target conservation
resources. The initial composition has been approved by the CCC Executive Director. The City of Santa Cruz has allocated funding to support implementation of the HMP.
Susan Bainbridge, Researcher, Herbarium
Melissa Farinha, Biologist, CA F&W
Lena Chang, Biologist, US F&W
Tim Hyland, Ecologist, CA State Parks
Kate Huckelbridge, Ecologist, CA Coastal Commission
Grey Hayes, Consultant (CNPS)
Kathy Lyons, Biologist, Biotic Resources Group
Alison Stanton, Research Botanist
Mike Ferry, Planning Dept.
Mauro Garcia, Parks and Recreation Dept.
CA Coastal Commission (non-voting member)
Susan Craig, Supervising Coastal Planner
John Dixon, Ecologist
Suzanne Schettler, Revegetation Specialist, Greening & Assoc.
|On June 2 and 3, 2014, the City's contractor performed a second mowing at Arana Gulch. The mowing was part of a vegetation management process developed by AMWG. On June 14, 2014, volunteers, working alongside City staff, will be raking and removing the remaining thatch in historic Tarplant areas from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
July 16, 2014 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Planning Dept. Conference Room
November 2014 (proposed)
AGWG meeting agenda- April 2013
AGWG meeting minutes - April 2013
AMWG Agenda - July 2013
AGWG meeting minutes - March 2014 (revised)
Arana Seed Bank study
Arana Tarplant photos
Arana wildlife survey results
Arana Coastal Development Permit
MOU with CDF
Coastal Prairie Baseline Assessment- Summer 2013
Coastal Prairie Baseline Assessment Photos
Arana Adaptive Habitat Management Plan
Addendum to Final EIR Issued on June 6, 2006
Addendum to Final EIR Issued on July 10, 2006
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