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Bear River

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California Public Utilities Commission Approval of the Donation of Land to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (PLT)

On June 10, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E's donation of fee simple title to approximately 1,200 acres at the Bear River property to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and related actions

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Bear River (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection/PLT) Donated

At its March 3, 2020 meeting, the board adopted Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans (LCCP) for lands to be donated to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at the Bear River planning unit located in Placer and Nevada Counties, California.

The Final LCCP describes how the proposed transactions and related agreements conform to and fulfill all requirements of the 2003 Settlement Agreement and Stipulation.

The draft LCCP was made available for public review and comment for a 30 day period from January 3, 2020 to February 3, 2020.

Transfer of Land to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (BYLT)

The donation of land at the Bear River planning unit to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the establishment of a conservation easement held by Bear Yuba Land Trust were finalized on July 1, 2022.

 

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Bear River (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) Donated (BYLT)

 

At its March 3, 2020 meeting, the board adopted Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCPs) for lands to be donated to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at the Bear River planning unit located in Placer and Nevada Counties, California.

The Final LCCP describes how the proposed transactions and related agreements conform to and fulfill all requirements of the 2003 Settlement Agreement and Stipulation.

The draft LCCP was made available for public review and comment for a 30 day period from January 3, 2020 to February 3, 2020.

 

Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans - Bear River PG&E Retained Lands (PLT and BYLT)

At its September 23, 2020 meeting, the board adopted Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans (LCCPs) for lands to be retained by PG&E at the Bear River planning unit located in Placer and Nevada Counties, California.

The Final LCCPs describes how the proposed transactions and related agreements conform to and fulfill all requirements of the 2003 Settlement Agreement and Stipulation.

The draft LCCPs were made available for public review and comment for a 30 day period from May 28, 2020 to June 29, 2020.

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan – Lake Spaulding and Bear River (Deer Creek-NID)

 

At its September 20, 2017 meeting the board adopted the proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands being transferred via asset sale from PG&E to Nevada Irrigation District (NID) at the Lake Spaulding and Bear River (Deer Creek - NID) planning unit in Nevada County.

The LCCP describes how the proposed transaction and related agreements conform to and fulfill all requirements of the 2003 Settlement Agreement and Stipulation.

The board also approved the proposed conservation easement funding agreement between the Stewardship Council and the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The draft LCCP was made available for a public review and comment period from July 26, 2017 to August 25, 2017.

 

Recommendations

 

At its November 15, 2018 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the CAL FIRE as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 1,650 acres of land in the Bear River planning unit, located in Nevada and Placer counties.

 

At its September 20, 2017 meeting, the board approved a recommendation for a finding of no significant public interest value (NSPIV) for 2 acres of the Bear River planning unit within parcels 852, 867, and 868 after evaluating the parcels and coming to the conclusion that the parcels do not contain, nor do they have the potential for significant habitat, forestry, agricultural, recreational, or open space value. These 2 acres will not be included in the Bear River planning unit LCCP.

At its December 9, 2020 meeting, the board approved a recommendation for a finding of no significant public interest value (NSPIV) for approximately 8 acres within parcel 840 encompassing the Highway 20 right of way in the Bear River planning unit.  After evaluating the acres and coming to the conclusion that the acres do not contain, nor do they have the potential for significant habitat, forestry, agricultural, recreational, or open space value these 8 acres will not be included in the Bear River planning unit LCCP.

Land Stewardship Proposals

 

On July 29, 2011, the Stewardship Council received five land stewardship proposals from organizations interested in being considered for a donation of fee title to certain lands located within the Bear River planning unit. The US Forest Service–Tahoe National Forest, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe, University of California–Center for Forestry, and Nevada County Land Trust prepared and submitted proposals and are responsible for the information contained therein. Proposals are presented as is and the Stewardship Council does not make any assertion regarding the accuracy or completeness of information presented, nor do the proposals necessarily reflect the views of the Stewardship Council. The Stewardship Council will fully review and consider the proposals before recommending any organizations for donation of fee title to lands within the Bear River planning unit.

Please note that the following Land Stewardship Proposals may concern multiple planning units within the Yuba–Bear River watershed area.

UPDATE: The Nevada County Land Trust has withdrawn fee-title interest in the Bear River planning unit.

 

Public Information Meeting
 

The primary purpose of this meeting was to solicit public input on the development of the Land Conservation and Conveyance Plans (LCCP) to preserve and enhance the beneficial public values.

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Organizations Submitting a Statement of Qualifications

 

Bureau of Land Management
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Cherokees of California
Enterprise Rancheria
Nevada County Land Trust
Placer County Water Agency
Placer Land Trust
San Joaquin County Office of Education
T’si Akim Maidu
United States Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest
University of California – Center for Forestry