The Contra Costa County Wildfire Mitigation Program is a program of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Financially supported by Measure X dollars, the program enables county residents to apply for funding for Community Chipping Days, Evacuation Route/Fire Trail Clean Up, Firewise Strategic Plan, Dead Tree Removal and Shaded Fuel Break projects. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the program webpage by clicking the button below.
The Diablo Fire Safe Council (DFSC) offers up to $5,000 in cost-sharing assistance to organizations or groups of individuals to hire contractors to reduce fuel loads and create defensible space. For more information regarding DFSC, please visit their program webpage by clicking the button below.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Wildfire Prevention Pilot Program provides free chipping services to qualifying properties within the County. For More information on how to apply, please visit the program webpage by clicking the button below.
The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) and the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) worked jointly with funding from the Coastal Conservancy to develop a Regional Priority Plan (RPP) for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The goal of the Regional Priority Plan process was to identify regional natural resource concerns that could be exacerbated by catastrophic wildfire and develop projects or other methods to remedy those issues ahead of the next fire. The planning process started in November 2020 and completed in September 2022.
The Contra Costa and Alameda County Regional Priority Plan is available to view in two files, one with maps (60+ megabyes), one without maps (6 megabytes).
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 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.
Skills: Info to come
Fun Fact: Info to come
Alejandro is passionate about using fire to steward forested landscapes and communities. He grew up in New York City before moving to Portland, Oregon where he attended Reed College, majoring in Biology. At Reed, Alejandro developed his interest in forestry and for his senior thesis chose to write about the impacts climate change will have on the forest communities of the Pacific Northwest. As a Forest Resource Assistant at UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Forest Research Station he participated in his first prescribed burn and has been interested in reintroducing beneficial forms of fire to management systems and communities ever since. He started at CCRCD in February 2023 and will be working to develop a Wildfire Conservation Program in Contra Costa County. He believes that shifting collective understandings of fire is a critical step in reorienting dominant culture’s relationship with the abundance the earth provides.