As one of California’s largest landowners, PG&E has a long history of managing lands and waters in a responsible and environmentally sensitive manner. This includes protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitats, managing watershed lands that PG&E has committed to preserve, maintaining forest lands to minimize the threat of wildfire and managing vegetation around our overhead power lines so that customers experience fewer outages.
The PG&E Land Conservation Commitment permanently protects 140,000 acres of PG&E-owned watershed lands across the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges through the donation of conservation easements to qualified conservation organizations.
Donees are identified by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, an independent nonprofit organization. A portion of these watershed lands will be donated to local and state organizations. Find our more about how PG&E supports conservation, visit Understanding the PG&E land conservation commitment.
PG&E has an important responsibility to protect birds, both to comply with state and federal laws and to maintain electric service reliability. Our work is guided by the PG&E Avian Protection Plan to protect migratory birds while improving system safety and electric reliability for customers.
The PG&E plan is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. We expanded it by developing an Eagle Conservation Plan to reduce impacts to eagles, including measures that make power poles safer for birds and eagles.
As we upgrade and maintain gas, electric and power generation facilities to meet customer needs, we recognize the critical importance of protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitats. Examples of our efforts include:
We strive to achieve a sustainable landscape that preserves the beauty and character of local communities, while working with our customers to provide education around safe landscaping near power and gas lines. Our efforts include:
To learn more, visit Utility Arborist Association.
PG&E earned the distinction of “Right-of-Way Steward Utility Founder,” and industry leader, for excellence in integrated vegetation management within electric transmission right-of-way corridors, rigorous vegetation standards, community relations and sustainable environmental-based activities. Visit rowstewardship.org.
Our Diablo Canyon Power Plant is located on one of the most scenic coastlines in the country. We manage the plant’s roughly 12,000 acres of land and the waters near the shore. The area is home to many species of plant and wildlife, including:
Our active stewardship of this natural resource includes:
PG&E maintains numerous recreational areas around the state that provide the public with opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities including:
View the locations of PG&E recreational areas, make reservations and find additional details. Visit PG&E Recreational Areas.
Find out how we are working to save endangered species, visit PG&E joins forces to save the endangered Shasta crayfish.