This polygon shapefile depicts special forest habitats in the County of Santa Cruz, California as defined in General Plan adopted May 24, 1994. special forest areas are unique natural communities, limited in supply and distribution, threatened by substantial disturbance from human activities and which provide habitat for rare, endangered and/or locally unique species of plants and animals. Examples of Special Forests include San Andreas Live Oak Woodlands, Valley Oak, Santa Cruz Cypress, indigenous Ponderosa and Monterey Pine, and ancient forests. 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.