Regional Priority Plan

The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) and the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) are working jointly with funding from the Coastal Conservancy to develop a Regional Priority Plan (RPP).

This grant is supported by the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program, run by the Department of Conservation on Behalf of the California Natural Resources Agency. Both RCD’s, with consultation support from Wildland Resource Management, have been collaborating on this project. A team of stakeholders across both counties was created to provide feedback and insight as the RPP process moves along.

The RPP will describe the existing conditions of the wildlands in the two counties as well as recommend a set of priority projects aimed at reducing risk and damage to sensitive resources and communities. Having a RPP is a key requirement for continuing and expanding the region’s funding for wildfire mitigation related project opportunities. The RPP development process began in March of 2020, and the RPP is expected to be completed in early Summer 2022.

After completing the RPP development process, we will have a viable, vetted portfolio of fire-mitigation projects that are ready to undergo further planning & permitting, and eventually implementation!  Working across jurisdictions with all stakeholders will also yield a collaborative and comprehensive understanding of fire hazards and priority areas for multiple agencies across both counties. 

Upcoming Meetings

Regional Priority Plan Reboot Meeting
When: December 16th, 10 AM - 12 PM
Where: Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual options)
2001 Clayton Rd., Concord, CA 94520

Regional Priority Plan Core Group Meeting #1
When: January 12th, 10 AM - 12 PM
Where: In-Person and Virtually

Regional Priority Plan Core Group Meeting #2
When: January 26th, 1 PM - 3 PM
Where: In-Person and Virtually

Regional Priority Plan Core Group Meeting #3
When: February 9th, 1 PM - 3 PM
Where: In-Person and Virtually

To learn more about this project, check out our Regional Priority Plan website here:
Alameda and Contra Costa County Regional Priority Plan
For more information, please email us at regionalpriorityplan@ccrcd.org for any questions or more information.

Introducing our RPP team!

Christopher Lim

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

925-269-9190

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Christopher Lim

Skills: Grant writing, leadership, relationship building, “putting out fires.”

Fun Fact: Likes cooking, sneakers, hi fi sound, and trying new food and restaurants.

Christopher Lim

Chris is a conservationist that does this work not only for the planet, but for people. He has been in the restoration field for over 20 years and has worked in all three sectors: private, public, and nonprofit. Chris has worked with communities to restore native species and habitats from the top to the bottom of watersheds. He built one of the first community-based native oyster reefs in San Francisco Bay and relishes the opportunity to interweave restoration projects with environmental education. As a Contra Costa County native, he finds his current work of increasing resilience in his local watersheds deeply meaningful and rewarding. Chris graduated with an undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis in Marine Biology and Oceanography, plus a minor in Geography. He also earned a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Ben Weise

AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION MANAGER

925-690-4145

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Ben Weise

Skills: Permitting, conservation on agricultural land, illegal dumping prevention

Fun Fact: Eagle Scout, former member of the University of California Marching Band, aspiring birder, and a Contra Costa native raised in Southern California.

Ben Weise

Ben started working with Contra Costa RCD in January 2017 after receiving two Masters degrees from Indiana University in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Policy following undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Ben manages the Voluntary Local Program, the EcoStewards Program, and other conservation programs focused on agricultural lands.