You, as the Permit Applicant, agree to distribute the Acknowledgement, Release and Indemnification and Minor Consent forms and Rules for Use of the Site to all passengers in your party and to ensure that a signed copy is submitted by each passenger prior to departure to The Nature Conservancy property on Santa Cruz Island. Release Forms may be completed by:
- E-Signing Online via SignNow
- Mailing hardcopies to:
The Nature Conservancy / Landing Permits
532 E. Main Street, Suite #200
Ventura, CA 93001
You, as the Permit Applicant, agree these forms will be received by The Nature Conservancy prior to departure for the island, and that each passenger will carry a paper copy with them at all times while ashore on the island.
Help Protect Santa Cruz Island!
- Be Biosecure: The Channel Islands are especially vulnerable to introduced species and diseases. Please do your part to protect this unique corner of the world by cleaning your hull, checking gear and clothing for invasive plants/seeds and animals, and keeping your pets at home. Learn more by watching this video on biosecurity.
- Protect Nesting Seabirds: The Channel Islands provide critical breeding and roosting habitat for many seabird species, including rare species such as the Ashy Storm-Petrel and the state-threatened Xantus’s Murrelet. Seabirds nest in extremely fragile habitats; on Santa Cruz Island, for example, Ashy Storm-Petrels often lay eggs under loose driftwood on sea cave floors. Human disturbance can cause nest failures and impact adult survival if birds are repeatedly flushed from roosting or nesting sites. Landing in sea caves or on offshore rocks can crush nests containing eggs or young chicks. All seabirds are protected from disturbance under federal law.
- To protect nesting seabirds, the following areas are closed to all landings: Cueva Valdez to Fraser Point annually between 1 February and 1 November.
- To protect seabirds that are roosting and nesting on cliffs and offshore rocks, visitors are reminded to:
- Maintain a 500’ buffer from roosting seabirds, including cormorants and pelicans;
- Maintain silence if kayaking through sea caves;
- Be aware that all offshore rocks are closed to landings (National Park Service property).
Report any violations to: NPS Sequoia Dispatch: 805-658-5700 (ext. 5620) or 559-565-4221 (direct)
If you have questions regarding the Santa Cruz Landing Permit Program, please email [email protected].