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.

Commission Structure

The Commission consists of ten County residents, with each Supervisor appointing two commissioners. Resource Planner Kristen Kittleson, from the Environmental Health Division, serves as administrative secretary to the Commission. Kristen can be reached at (831) 454-3154 or via email at Kristen.Kittleson@santacruzcounty.us.

Current Commissioners - as of January 21, 2021

INCUMBENT/APPOINTEE (District): APPOINTMENT DATE: TERM EXPIRATION DATE:
Del Crawford (1) April 13, 2021 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 IV. If you are interested in serving on the Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commission, and are a resident of District IV, 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 2021 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.