A Legacy For All Californians
The 2003 settlement that ultimately allowed Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to exit bankruptcy contained an unprecedented Land Conservation Commitment to protect and enhance approximately 140,000 acres (220 sq mi) of watershed lands and in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. In addition, the settlement provides environmental education and recreation opportunities for underserved youth in PG&E's ratepayer territory. These lands, many of which are connected to PG&E's vast network of hydropower facilities, offer valuable benefits to Californians, including protection of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, open space, and recreation.
The future ownership and uses of these watershed lands are currently undergoing a multi-year planning process, which will result in a Land Conservation Plan to be submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission in 2007.
Public participation is important and you can help decide the future of the watershed lands. On this website you will find out about:
- The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council: the nonprofit corporation directing implementation of the Land Conservation Commitment and the Youth Investment Program.
- The Land Conservation Commitment: which public values will be protected and the rights reserved by PG&E.
- Watershed land descriptions: the broad range of public benefits they provide.
- The Land Conservation Plan: the process to determine the future status and uses of these lands.
- Timeline of Land Conservation Plan and public input: stages of the planning process and how to provide the Stewardship Council with your input.
- The Youth Investment Program: the program to provide environmental education and recreational opportunities for underserved youth.