About the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council
The mission of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) is to oversee the preparation of the Land Conservation Plan and the implementation of the Land Conservation Commitment. The Stewardship Council also oversees the Youth Investment Program, which will provide environmental and outdoor education and recreation opportunities for underserved youth.
The Stewardship Council, a non-profit corporation, was created by the Public Utilities Commission’s December 2003 decision resolving PG&E’s bankruptcy.
The Stewardship Council is governed by a Board of Directors representing diverse interests, including:
- The California Public Utilities Commission
- State environmental agencies
- Rural Counties
- Agriculture and forestry interests
- Environmental organizations
- Native Americans
- Three public members appointed by the CPUC
The Stewardship Council’s mission is carried out by a small staff, headed by the Executive Director.
The Stewardship Council will make decisions by unanimous consensus. If directors object to a proposed consensus, the issue will be resolved by a procedure specified in the Council’s by-laws.
The land disposition decisions proposed in the Land Conservation Plan and adopted by the Stewardship Council, like all other proposals to dispose of lands owned by a regulated utility, will not take affect until they are approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The Stewardship Council will be funded by PG&E for 10 years: $7 million per year for implementation of the Land Conservation Commitment and $3 million per year for the Youth Investment Program. These expenditures will be funded from PG&E’s electricity revenues.
The $70 million available for implementation of the Land Conservation Commitment is substantially larger than the predicted cost of preparing Land Conservation Plan and disposing of the watershed lands. The remaining funds will be expended for physical measures to protect and enhance the beneficial public values of the watershed lands.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Stewardship Council’s website makes available comprehensive information about the Council and its activities.