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Land Conservation Commitment

As one of California’s largest landowners, we take the quality and stewardship of the region’s water, land and other natural resources to heart. As part of this commitment, PG&E is working with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) to permanently protect 140,000 acres of watershed lands associated with our hydroelectric system for the benefit of current and future generations of Californians.

The lands are situated in the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, North Coast Range Mountains and the Carrizo Plains. Over 1,000 parcels across 22 California counties will be protected for six beneficial public values: natural habitat of fish, wildlife and plants; open space; outdoor recreation by the general public; sustainable forestry; agricultural uses; and historic resources.

The Stewardship Council Board adopted a Land Conservation Plan (LCP) in 2007, providing a framework for how the lands will be managed to benefit both the community and the environment. PG&E will implement the LCP based on recommendations from the Stewardship Council to either donate or place conservation easements on the lands. Donations of lands and conservation easements will be made to public entities or qualified non-profit organizations.

Youth Investment Initiative

In addition to the Land Conservation Program, the Stewardship Council, through its Youth Investment Program, provides resources to organizations connecting underserved youth to the outdoors. The program is aimed to make lasting investments and improvements in the social, physical, and environmental infrastructure of underserved communities throughout PG&E's northern and central California service area.

The Stewardship Council

Created in 2003, the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit foundation. The Stewardship Council works closely with PG&E on the development and implementation of the Land Conservation Commitment and the Youth Investment Program. It receives $10 million annually for 10 years from PG&E, with $70 million funding the Land Conservation Plan and $30 million going towards the Youth Investment Program.

Board of Directors

The Stewardship Council's Board of Directors is comprised of eighteen members representing a diverse group of interests, including one seat occupied by PG&E.

  • Association of California Water Agencies
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Farm Bureau Federation
  • California Forestry Association
  • California Hydropower Reform Coalition
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission Appointees (3 positions)
  • California Resources Agency
  • California Tribal Interests
  • Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Office of Ratepayer Advocates
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Regional Council of Rural Counties
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Trust for Public Land
  • U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management (share 1 non-voting position)

For background information and current progress for both the Land Conservation and Youth Investment Programs, see the Stewardship Council's website.

Background Documents

Contact Us

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

Email us at stewardshipcouncil@pge.com.

Or contact one of us directly:

Mike Schonherr: 415-973-4535
Susan Kester: 415-973-7202
Janet Walther: 530-896-4535