This polygon shapefile depicts riparian woodlands areas in the County of Santa Cruz, California as defined in General Plan adopted May 24, 1994. Riparian Woodlands comprise a plant community that includes those woody plant species that typically occur in wet areas along streams or marshes. Characteristic species are: Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), Red Alder (Alnus oregona), White Alder (Alnus Rhombifolia), Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), Box Elder (Acer negundo), Creek Dogwood (Cornus californica), Willow (Salix). This layer is part of a collection of GIS data created for Santa Cruz County, California.The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit falls under the purview of the County of Santa Cruz Information Services Department. The GIS Unit serves all County departments and external customers and provides data on land, features and people of Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz County encompasses 4 cities and approximately 265,000 people. This coverage can be used for basic applications such as viewing, querying and map output production, or to provide a basemap to support graphical overlays and analyses of geospatial data.