Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commission

The Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on any matters pertaining to fish and wildlife in the county, including the natural habitat, wildlife, and environment in general. The Commission also makes recommendations, consistent with the policies and regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to the Board of Supervisors concerning expenditures from the County Fish and Game Propagation Fund, such 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 2 commissioners.  Resource Planner Kristen Kittleson from the Environmental Health division of the Health Service Agency, serves as administrative secretary to the Commission. Kristen may be reached at (831) 454-3154 or via e-mail at Kristen

Current Commissioners - As of January 21, 2021:

  • District I: Supervisor Koenig - Chris Berry - Chair, Del Crawford
  • District II: Supervisor Friend - Sandra Baron, David Somerton
  • DIstrict III: Supervisor Coonerty - Liz Alter, Jon Jankovitz
  • District IV: Supervisor Caput - Mathew Wise, Vacant
  • District V: Supervisor McPherson - Jenni Gómez, Jen Michelsen

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

Commissions, Committees & Advisory Bodies (


Santa Cruz County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission Grant Application:

The Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission recently approved a request for proposal for its Public Grant Programs.  The Commission is seeking proposals for projects that benefit wildlife species and habitats, create educational opportunities for children, or support Fish and Wildlife Law enforcement.  A total of $16,000 has been approved for distribution and grant recipients typically receive between $1,000 to $2,000, but  larger grants may be considered.  

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete the two forms below.  The first provides applicant information and will not be shared with the public, and the second provides information on the proposal which will be included with the public agenda of the November 4th meeting.  These application forms should be sent to no later than 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 21, 2021.



Regular Meetings:

Times and dates: 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each active month. Please see 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.