Member needed for the Public Advisory Committee: The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy seeks one (1) individual to serve on the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide input on the implementation of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP or Plan) to the Conservancy’s Governing Board. The PAC is composed of members representing a variety of interest groups, including three members from the development community, three representatives from the conservation community, three private landowners and/or agriculturalists, and three representatives of suburban or rural residents within the Plan area. There is currently an opening for one (1) land owner and/or agriculturalist, or their representative from the Plan “Inventory Area” (see attached map.)
The PAC meets quarterly and is responsible for reviewing and commenting on the general implementation processes of the HCP/NCCP including providing input on implementation policies, budgeting, workplan, restoration projects, a small research grant program, the operation of preserves, adaptive management, and the adherence to plan commitments. PAC members are appointed for a four‐year term and are expected to attend all PAC meetings (4 per year).
PAC members will be selected by the Conservancy Governing Board. For more information on the HCP/NCCP and the role of the PAC visit http://www.cocohcp.org or contact Maureen Parkes (see below). Interested applicants should complete the attached application. The application needs to be received by no later than Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The application may be transmitted by mail or email to:
Maureen Parkes, Email: Maureen.Parkes@dcd.cccounty.us
East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Applicants will be interviewed at the next Conservancy Governing Board meeting anticipated to be in late February. The date/time of this meeting is still TBD. The website will be updated with the meeting date and all applicants will be notified when the date is confirmed.
Background Information about the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy: The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy is a joint exercise of powers authority formed by the Cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Oakley and Pittsburg and Contra Costa County to implement the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP or Plan). The HCP/NCCP provides a framework to protect natural resources in eastern Contra Costa County, while improving and streamlining the environmental permitting process for impacts on endangered species. The Plan will allow Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the East Bay Regional Park District and the Cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Oakley, and Pittsburg (collectively, the Permittees) to control endangered species permitting for activities and projects in the region that they perform or approve. The Plan also provides for comprehensive species, wetlands, and ecosystem conservation and contributes to the recovery of endangered species in northern California. The Plan avoids project‐by‐project permitting that is generally costly and time consuming for applicants and often results in uncoordinated and biologically ineffective mitigation.