Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stewardship Council?
Stewardship Council is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation focused on land conservation and youth investment programs. Its mandate includes evaluating and providing recommendations for the conservation and future public use of over 140,000 acres of watershed lands spread across 22 California counties, as well as developing and implementing community-based park and environmental education opportunities for underserved youth.
Where are the watershed lands located?
The 981 parcels of land cover 141,727 acres (more than 221 square miles) over 22 counties in California. These properties stretch from Shasta County in the north to Fresno County in the south, from the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges in the east to the Eel River watershed in Mendocino County and the Carrizo Plains in San Luis Obispo County. Please see the Map of Conservation Lands for more information.
What is the Council's relationship to PG&E?
The Stewardship Council is an independent, nonprofit foundation. Its funding comes from PG&E, which has one seat and is an equal voting member, on the 18-member Board of Directors.
Does the Stewardship Council own the watershed lands?
No, PG&E owns the watershed lands. However, the Land Conservation Plan recommends that a portion of these lands be donated to qualified agencies or organizations.
Who funded the Stewardship Council?
The Stewardship Council received $10 million per year from PG&E until 2013.
Who is on Stewardship Council's Board of Directors?
The Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of organizations including state and federal agencies, water agencies, tribal and rural interests, forest and farm industry groups, conservation organizations, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Eighteen different organizations appoint directors to the board. You can see the all of the board members on our board roster page.
Where do I get information about the Stewardship Council?
If you would like information that you can’t find on this website, or would like a copy of the Land Conservation Plan mailed to you on CD-ROM, please contact us directly at (916) 297-6660 or
We would like to hear from you!