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Watershed Grant Program

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Recognizing the dual mission of the Stewardship Council to protect and preserve PG&E watershed lands and connecting underserved youth with PG&E watershed lands, the Stewardship Council Board thought it was important to identify meaningful ways to create synergies between each of these two parts of our mission.  Therefore, when the Stewardship Council board negotiated the Major Grant Agreement (MGA) with the Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) in 2013, the board decided to restrict $425k of the grant funds for the development of a program to connect youth to PG&E Watershed Lands.  

A key component of this program is development of a model and best practices for the creation of partnerships between youth program providers and land trusts that will hold conservation easements on PG&E Watershed Lands. The Stewardship Council has selected 11 land trusts to hold conservation easements and these land trusts will have a permanent relationship with PG&E.  They understand what it takes to implement programs on PG&E land and partner with  youth serving organizations to connect young people to these watershed lands.

 

WATERSHED GRANT PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Focusing on PG&E-owned Watershed Lands, two groups of youth program providers and land trusts created innovative youth programs on PG&E land. Both of these projects were made possible by the Watershed Grant Program and demonstrated the value of teamwork and leadership through outdoor experiences. These programs also helped pave the way for increased public access to PG&E-owned lands. 

  • What is the Stewardship Council?
    Stewardship Council is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation focused on land conservation and youth investment programs. Its mandate includes evaluating and providing recommendations for the conservation and future public use of over 140,000 acres of watershed lands spread across 22 California counties, as well as developing and implementing community-based park and environmental education opportunities for underserved youth.
  • Where are the watershed lands located?
    The 981 parcels of land cover 141,727 acres (more than 221 square miles) over 22 counties in California. These properties stretch from Shasta County in the north to Fresno County in the south, from the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges in the east to the Eel River watershed in Mendocino County and the Carrizo Plains in San Luis Obispo County. Please see the Map of Conservation Lands for more information.
  • What is the Council's relationship to PG&E?
    The Stewardship Council is an independent, nonprofit foundation. Its funding comes from PG&E, which has one seat and is an equal voting member, on the 15-member Board of Directors.
  • Does the Stewardship Council own the watershed lands?
    No, PG&E owns the watershed lands. However, the Land Conservation Plan recommends that a portion of these lands be donated to qualified agencies or organizations.
  • Who funded the Stewardship Council?
    The Stewardship Council received $10 million per year from PG&E until 2013.
  • Who was on Stewardship Council's Board of Directors?
    The Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors was composed of a diverse group of organizations including state and federal agencies, water agencies, tribal and rural interests, forest and farm industry groups, conservation organizations, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Since the Stewardship Council's inception in 2004, eighteen different organizations appointed directors to the board.
  • Where do I get information about the Stewardship Council?
    If you would like information that you can’t find on this website, please contact us directly at (916) 297-6660 or info@stewardshipcouncil.org. We would like to hear from you!
  • What is the Stewardship Council?
    Stewardship Council is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation focused on land conservation and youth investment programs. Its mandate includes evaluating and providing recommendations for the conservation and future public use of over 140,000 acres of watershed lands spread across 22 California counties, as well as developing and implementing community-based park and environmental education opportunities for underserved youth.
  • Where are the watershed lands located?
    The 981 parcels of land cover 141,727 acres (more than 221 square miles) over 22 counties in California. These properties stretch from Shasta County in the north to Fresno County in the south, from the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges in the east to the Eel River watershed in Mendocino County and the Carrizo Plains in San Luis Obispo County. Please see the Map of Conservation Lands for more information.
  • What is the Council's relationship to PG&E?
    The Stewardship Council is an independent, nonprofit foundation. Its funding comes from PG&E, which has one seat and is an equal voting member, on the 15-member Board of Directors.
  • Does the Stewardship Council own the watershed lands?
    No, PG&E owns the watershed lands. However, the Land Conservation Plan recommends that a portion of these lands be donated to qualified agencies or organizations.
  • Who funded the Stewardship Council?
    The Stewardship Council received $10 million per year from PG&E until 2013.
  • Who was on Stewardship Council's Board of Directors?
    The Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors was composed of a diverse group of organizations including state and federal agencies, water agencies, tribal and rural interests, forest and farm industry groups, conservation organizations, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Since the Stewardship Council's inception in 2004, eighteen different organizations appointed directors to the board.
  • Where do I get information about the Stewardship Council?
    If you would like information that you can’t find on this website, please contact us directly at (916) 297-6660 or info@stewardshipcouncil.org. We would like to hear from you!
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