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2012 Public Notices


Proposed Actions to be Considered at the
September 5, 2012 Stewardship Council Board Meeting

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the board of directors (Board) recommendations regarding the selection of a prospective fee title donee for select PG&E Watershed Lands at two planning units as summarized below.

Lake Britton Planning Unit Recommendation

The Bureau of Land Management (Alturas Field Office) is recommended to receive fee title to approximately 1,405 acres available for donation within 13 parcels (parcels 211-219, 232, and 236-238), subject to compliance with all of the requirements of the Land Conservation Commitment.

Fee title recommendations for the remainder of the lands in the Lake Britton planning unit that are available for donation will be made at a later date.

PDF icon Lake Britton Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(5.64 mb)

Fall River Mills Planning Unit Recommendation

The Bureau of Land Management (Alturas Field Office) is recommended to receive fee title to approximately 2,514 acres available for donation within 19 parcels (parcels 107-114, 116-118, 125, 127-132, and 150) subject to compliance with all of the requirements of the Land Conservation Commitment.

Fee title recommendations for the remainder of the lands in the Fall River Mills planning unit that are available for donation will be made at a later date.

PDF icon Fall River Mills Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(5.49 kb)

These are preliminary recommendations, and the final transactions will be subject to the Board's approval as part of the Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP). The proposed LCCP will be made available for public review and comment before it is forwarded by the Watershed Planning Committee to the Board for its review and approval. Adoption of the LCCP by the Board would be the final step in the Stewardship Council's process.

Both items will be considered for action by the Board at its September 5, 2012 meeting in Sacramento. Please click here for meeting information.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the board meeting and address the Board on these matters. Inquiries regarding these recommendations can also be addressed to: comments13@stewardshipcouncil.org


Proposed Actions to be Considered at the June 27, 2012 Stewardship Council Board Meeting

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the board the following recommendations regarding the selection of prospective conservation easement holders over portions of the Battle Creek planning unit as summarized below.

Western Shasta Resource Conservation District to hold the conservation easements over parcels 302, 304-314, 325-352, and 371-372 in the Battle Creek planning unit.

Since 1957, Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) has been a special district dedicated to the restoration and preservation of western Shasta County's natural resources, covering approximately 1.7 million acres. WSRCD holds four conservation easements, received through a mitigation program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and ten acres in fee title. Based in Anderson, California, WSRCD has fifteen full-time staff, two part-time staff, and a seven-member board with expertise in a number of areas, including forestry, grazing, wetlands, and archaeology. WSRCD implements various restoration and education programs and also manages grazing leases for the California Department of Fish and Game. The Shasta Conservation Fund is a sister nonprofit organization created to apply for grants that are used to carry out WSRCD's mission. For more information about the WSRCD, please consult its website.

Northern California Regional Land Trust to hold the conservation easements over parcels 315-324 and 353-370 in the Battle Creek planning unit.

The mission of Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1990, is to assist landowners and public agencies in the voluntary protection of land and other natural resources while also helping them gain the economic benefits of conservation. NCRLT’s geographic focus is Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties. NCRLT currently holds 21 conservation easements covering 14,592 acres. With offices in Chico, California, NCRLT has four staff, two contracted employees, and seven board members. It is also accredited by the Land Trust Alliance. For more information about the NCRLT, please consult its website.

These actions will be considered by the board at its June 27, 2012 meeting in Sacramento. Please click here for meeting information. If the above recommendations are approved by the board and accepted by PG&E, transaction negotiations between PG&E and prospective fee and conservation easement donees at the Battle Creek planning unit would commence. The proposed transaction agreements would become part of a Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) to be considered for adoption by the board at a later date. The public will be given an opportunity to review and provide comment on the draft 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. Adoption of the 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 approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the board meeting and address the board on this action. Inquiries regarding this recommendation can also be addressed to: comments12@stewardshipcouncil.org.


Proposed Actions to be Considered at the May 2, 2012 Stewardship Council Board Meeting

Fee Title Donee Recommendations

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the Board of Directors recommendations regarding the selection of prospective fee title donees for select PG&E watershed lands at three planning units as summarized below.

Battle Creek Planning Unit Recommendation

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is recommended to receive fee title to approximately 2,326 acres available for donation within 20 parcels (parcels 305-307, 310-314, 325-326, 336-339 and 343-348) with PG&E retaining 2,362 acres within 32 parcels (parcels 308-309, 315-324, 327-330, 334-335, 340-342, 349, 351, 355-356, 363-365, 367-368, 371-372) that had previously been made available for donation. This acreage is in addition to the 1,253 acres originally designated by PG&E for retention within 53 parcels (parcels 302, 304-306, 308-309, 312, 315-324, 327-372).

PDF icon Battle Creek Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(79 kb)

Fall River Mills Planning Unit Recommendation

Fall River Valley Community Services District is recommended to receive fee title to approximately 34 acres available for donation that wholly or partially encompasses three parcels (parcels 119, 124, and 171); reserving to a future date a decision whether the Stewardship Council would support certain enhancements proposed by the Fall River Community Services District.

PDF icon Fall River Mills Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(14.7 mb)

Fee title recommendations for the remainder of the lands in the Fall River Mills planning unit that are available for donation will be made at a later date.

Eel River Planning Unit Recommendation

Potter Valley Tribe is recommended to receive fee title to approximately 723 acres within four parcels (parcels 744, 745, 746 and 748), contingent on the following transaction terms:

  • The Potter Valley Tribe provides a limited waiver of sovereign immunity to ensure that the conservation easement and other agreements executed pursuant to the Land Conservation Commitment are enforceable.

  • The Potter Valley Tribe agrees not to petition the federal government to have the donated lands placed into federal trust.

PDF icon Eel River Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(331 kb)

Fee title recommendations for the remainder of the lands in the Eel River planning unit that are available for donation will be made at a later date.

Lands Recommended for PG&E Retention

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the Board of Directors recommendations for PG&E to retain select lands that were previously designated as available for donation at two planning units, as summarized below. The lands retained by PG&E will become subject to conservation easements that will protect certain beneficial public values.

Bass Lake Planning Unit Recommendation spacer

PG&E to retain fee title to approximately 151 acres that had been made available for donation within 12 parcels (parcels 1033-1044), which includes the 73 acres previously recommended to the USFS in parcel 1033. This acreage is in addition to the 937 acres originally designated by PG&E for retention in this planning unit.

PDF icon Bass Lake Planning Unit
Fee Title Recommendation
(4.43 mb)

Lyons Reservoir Planning Unit Recommendation

PG&E to retain fee title to approximately 158 acres that had previously been made available for donation within eight parcels (parcels 1016 -1023). This acreage is in addition to the approximately 302 acres originally designated by PG&E for retention in this planning unit.

PDF icon Lyons Reservoir Planning Unit
Fee Title Recommendation
(54 kb)

Conservation Easement Holder Recommendations

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the Board of Directors the following recommendations regarding the selection of prospective conservation easement holders over select PG&E watershed lands as summarized below.

Mother Lode Land Trust to hold conservation easements over all the watershed lands in the Chili Bar planning unit and all the lands in the Lyons Reservoir planning unit upon which a conservation easement will be placed.

Mother Lode Land Trust (MLLT), formerly the Amador Land Trust, was established in 1991 by a coalition of ranchers, conservationists and other concerned citizens to preserve the foothill landscape of the Central Sierra Nevada. As a nonprofit organization, MLLT accepts conservation easements; provides technical assistance to landowners on preservation techniques; and promotes public awareness on the importance of preserving land. MLLT holds 17 conservation easements and over 2,800 acres in fee title in Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, and El Dorado counties. MLLT is guided by a seven-member board of directors with expertise in botany, education, farming, ranching, forestry and water rights. MLLT also has a four-member advisory board with expertise in forestry, agriculture, wildlife biology and public policy. MLLT is staffed by an executive director and a fundraising consultant.

For more information about MLLT, please consult its website.

Western Shasta Resource Conservation District to hold conservation easements over the watershed lands in the Iron Canyon Reservoir and Lake McCloud planning units.

Since 1957, Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) has been a special district dedicated to the restoration and preservation of western Shasta County's natural resources, covering approximately 1.7 million acres. WSRCD holds four conservation easements, received through a mitigation program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and ten acres in fee title. Based in Anderson, California, WSRCD has fifteen full-time staff, two part-time staff, and a seven-member board with expertise in a number of areas, including forestry, grazing, wetlands, and archaeology. WSRCD implements various restoration and education programs and also manages grazing leases for the California Department of Fish and Game.

The Shasta Conservation Fund is a sister nonprofit organization created to apply for grants that are used to carry out WSRCD's mission. For more information about the WSRCD, please consult its website.

Pacific Forest Trust to hold conservation easements over the watershed lands in the Pit River and Tunnel Reservoir planning units.

Incorporated in 1993, Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) holds 23 conservation easements, 21 of which are in California, and owns 1,500 acres of land in California. PFT is governed by a 13-member board including former directors of CAL FIRE and California Department of Fish and Game. PFT has 13 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff including a conservation director, forester, conservation biologist, and stewardship manager. PFT has a specific focus and expertise in working forest conservation easements and sustainable forestry. PFT also has experience working with Native American tribes and holds a conservation easement over land owned by InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council.

PFT is an accredited land trust. For more information about the PFT, please consult its website.

Proposed Fee Title Donee Recommendations to be Considered at the March 7, 2012 Stewardship Council Board Meeting

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the Board of Directors recommendations for PG&E to retain select lands that were previously designated as available for donation at two planning units, as summarized below. The lands retained by PG&E will become subject to conservation easements that will protect certain beneficial public values.

Burney Gardens Planning Unit Recommendation

PG&E
to retain fee title to all lands in the planning unit, consisting of approximately 1,612 acres within 15 parcels (parcels 272-286).

PDF iconBurney Gardens Planning Unit
Fee Title Recommendation
(4.08 mb)

Lower Drum Planning Unit Recommendation

PG&E to retain fee title to approximately 642 acres available for donation within all or portions of 16 parcels (parcels 871-873, 876, 879, 884-889, 891, 897, 901, 902, 907). This acreage is in addition to the 385 acres previously designated by PG&E for retention in this planning unit.

PDF iconLower Drum Planning Unit
Fee Title Recommendation
(6.17 mb)

Proposed Recommendation of a Fee Title Donee to be Considered at the January 19, 2012 Stewardship Council Board Meeting

The Watershed Planning Committee of the Stewardship Council has forwarded to the Board of Directors a recommendation regarding the selection of the US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest for select PG&E watershed lands at Lyons Reservoir planning unit as summarized below.

Lyons Reservoir Planning Unit

The US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest to become the prospective recipient of fee title to approximately 628 acres within four parcels (Parcels 1024 - 1027). A fee title recommendation for the remainder of the lands in the Lyons Reservoir planning unit available for donation will be considered at a later date

PDF icon Lyons Reservoir Planning Unit
Recommendation on Prospective Donee
(3.1 mb)

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