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 an original, signed copy is submitted by each passenger prior to departure to The Nature Conservancy property on Santa Cruz Island 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 at above address in the original form (no faxes or electronic copies) 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.
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)