Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commission

Role

The Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on any matters pertaining to fish and wildlife in the county, including natural habitat, wildlife and general environment. The Commission also makes recommendations, consistent with the policies and regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to the Board of Supervisors. These recommendations concern expenditures from the County Fish and Game Propagation Fund, created by Fish and Game Code Sections 13003(b) and 13100 for the propagation and conservation of fish and wildlife in the county.

Requesting proposals for 2022-23 Public Grants Program funding cycle

The Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission (FWAC) has released a request for proposals (RFP) that will benefit native species and habitats through a project, education, or enforcement.  There is $16,000 in grant funding available and all requested amounts will be considered.  All applicants must complete both an Applicant Form, a Proposal Form and, if applicable, a W-9 Form.  All application materials must be submitted to Sean Abbey at sean.abbey@santacruzcounty.us by November 3rd, 2022 in order to be considered at the November 10th FWAC meeting.  Applicants are encouraged to attend and summarize their proposal in a short presentation at that time.  The final selection will happen December 1st when the commissioners will decide whether to fully, partially, or not fund each proposal.  For full information, please review the RFP document below. 

Please note, this year the FWAC has created a new scoring criteria for proposals.  Additional points will be available for proposals that address the "Work Plan Goal"  for this year.  This is a topic that the commission would like to increase awareness of and action on in the current year.  This year, the Work Plan goal is Invasive Species Management and all proposals with related elements will be eligible for up to 3 bonus points above the 20 points normally available.

Commission Structure

The Commission consists of ten County residents, with each Supervisor appointing two commissioners. Sean Abbey, Water Quality Specialist, from the Environmental Health Division, is the staff person assigned to the Commission. Sean can be reached at sean.abbey@santacruzcounty.us.

Current Commissioners - as of August 3, 2022

INCUMBENT/APPOINTEE (District): APPOINTMENT DATE: TERM EXPIRATION DATE:
Sam Adelson (1) June 28, 2022 April 1, 2025
Chris Berry (1), Chair April 13, 2021 April 1, 2025
Sandra Baron (2) March 21, 2017 April 1, 2025
David Somerton (2) June 11, 2019 April 1, 2025
Susan Elizabeth Alter (3) October 20, 2020 April 1, 2023
Jon Jankovitz (3) January 12, 2021 April 1, 2023
Matthew Wise (4) March 26, 2019 April 1, 2023
VACANCY (4)   April 1, 2023
Jen Michelsen (5) October 22, 2019 April 1, 2025
Jenni Gomez (5) April 16, 2019 April 1, 2025

There is currently a vacancy on the commission for District 4. If you are interested in serving on the Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commission, and are a resident of District 4, please apply here: Commissions, Committees & Advisory Bodies

Regular Meetings

Times and dates: The Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each active month. Click here for the 2022 Meeting Schedule.

Location: Remote via Teams

Agendas: Agendas are posted at least five days in advance of meetings and are distributed to all Board members, local water districts, AMBAG, interested persons and the press. Agendas and attachments are posted on the County website.

Current Agendas and Agendas and Minutes from Previous Meetings

Public Comment Policy

Biennial Report:

Every two years, the Commission submits a biennial report to the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer. This report highlights the activities, accomplishments and future goals of the Commission.