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Summary of Public Outreach Program

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The Stewardship Council has established a comprehensive public outreach program to both inform and solicit input from the public on the development and implementation of a plan to permanently protect over 140,000 acres of PG&E watershed lands. A variety of tools and techniques are used to engage the public, including:
  • Stewardship Council Website
    The website provides background information on the land conservation program and is regularly updated with board meeting agendas and minutes, proposed recommendations, and other announcements.

  • Stakeholder Database and E-mailing
    E-mail notifications are sent directly to individuals and organizations that have signed-up to receive e-mails to provide updates on the status of the land conservation program, including any pending actions by the board and upcoming public meetings.

  • Targeted Newspaper Noticing and Paid Advertisements
    Newspaper advertisements and notices are placed in local newspapers circulated in the area where a board or public meeting is taking place or in communities that may have an interest in a particular topic on an upcoming meeting agenda.

  • News Releases
    News releases are issued to statewide and local media outlets at key intervals during the planning process.

  • Public Information Meetings and Workshops
    Public information meetings and workshops are conducted throughout the watershed lands to provide updates and solicit input from interested stakeholders on the land conservation program and individual planning units. In many workshops, public comments were sought on potential measures to protect and enhance the beneficial public values on specific lands as well as the desired qualifications of potential donee organizations. Individuals and organizations unable to attend are provided an opportunity to submit comments in writing and review meeting summaries posted on the web site.

  • Notice by Mail of Decisions Regarding the Conveyance of Individual Parcels

  • Noticing of Affected Governmental Entities
    Prior to the Watershed Planning Committee making a recommendation to the board that a proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan be adopted by the board, a notice will be mailed to the Board of Supervisors of the affected county; each affected city, town, and water supply entity; and each affected tribe and/or co-licensee.

  • Noticing of Landowners
    Postcards are sent to all landowners located within one mile of any of the approximately 1,000 parcels of lands that comprise the watershed lands prior to the Watershed Planning Committee making a recommendation to the board that a proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan be adopted by the board.

  • Individual Meetings with Stakeholders
    Stewardship Council staff regularly meet with local, state, and federal government agencies; Native American entities; non-profit organizations representing a broad cross section of environmental, land conservation, and natural resource interests; and other stakeholder groups regarding relevant issues of interest to these individuals and organizations.

Other opportunities that have been, or are being, provided for public input on key documents and decisions include:

  • The Draft Land Conservation Plan (LCP) Volumes I and II were released in June 2007 for a 60-day public comment period. All landowners within a mile of PG&E watershed lands were also provided notice of the public comment period. During this time, the Stewardship Council held ten public meetings to publicize the availability of the Draft LCP and to encourage public comment. The comments were compiled and considered by the board prior to finalizing Volumes I and II of the LCP.

  • Land stewardship proposals submitted by organizations seeking fee title donations to watershed lands have been posted on the Stewardship Council’s website for public review and comment.

  • The public will be given an opportunity to review and provide comment on the proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans (LCCP), and the comments received will be shared with the Watershed Planning Committee before the committee forwards the proposed LCCP to the board for its review and approval. Upon request by a member of the public, comments may be shared. Before comments are shared, personal contact information will be redacted.   
    To obtain a copy of the comments received during an LCCP public comment period, you may make a request in writing, by contacting Lauren Faccinto at:
    Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council
    3300 Douglas Blvd. Ste. 250
    Roseville, Ca 95661
  • Adoption of the proposed LCCP by the board would be the final step in the Stewardship Council's process for selecting donees. Transactions will be finalized upon LCCP review and transaction approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • Public comment was sought on the Stewardship Council’s Land Conservation Funding Policy and the Council’s Guidelines for Achieving Property Tax Neutrality in advance of the policies and guidelines being reviewed and endorsed by the Watershed Planning Committee and forwarded to the board for consideration and approval.

  • Watershed Planning Committee recommendations for fee title and conservation easement donees are posted on the Stewardship Council’s website for public review and comment approximately 30 days prior to being considered at a public board meeting.  Any comments received are forwarded to the board for consideration.

  • All correspondence received from stakeholders regarding the land conservation program is shared with the board.

  • LCCPs approved by the board will be subject to the California Public Utilities Commission review and approval process, which includes an additional opportunity for public review and comment.

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