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Advice Letter to California Public Utilities Commission Regarding Hat Creek Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan  ( PG&E Retained Lands)

 

On September 2, 2022 PG&E submitted an Advice Letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 851 requesting the CPUC’s approval PG&E’s encumbrance with a permanent conservation easement of approximately 1,820-acres at the Hat Creek planning unit in Shasta County. The conservation easement will be held by Shasta Land Trust.   

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Hat Creek (PG&E Retained Lands)

 

At its September 23, 2020 meeting, the board adopted a Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be retained by PG&E at the Hat Creek planning unit located in Shasta County, California.

The Final LCCP describes how the proposed transaction 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 July 17, 2020 to August 17, 2020.

California Public Utilities Commission Approval of the Donation of Land (Lake Britton and Hat Creek) to the Pit River Tribe

On February 28, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E's donation of fee simple title to approximately 1,728 acres at the Lake Britton and Hat Creek properties to the Pit River Tribe and related actions.

 

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lake Britton and Hat Creek (Pit River Tribe Donated)

At its September 23, 2020 meeting, the board adopted a Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be donated to the Pit River Tribe at the Lake Britton and Hat Creek planning units located in Shasta County, California.

The Final LCCP describes how the proposed transaction 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 July 17, 2020 to August 15, 2020.

 

Transfer of Land to the Pit River Tribe

The donation of land at the Hat Creek planning unit to the Pit River Tribe and the establishment of a conservation easement held by Shasta Land Trust were finalized on October 15, 2021.

Closing celebration for the return of the Pit River Tribe's ancestral lands

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Hat Creek (Pit River Tribe Donated)

 

At its January 23, 2019 meeting, the board adopted the final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands to be donated to the Pit River Tribe at the Hat Creek planning unit in Shasta County, California.

 

The Hat Creek Donated 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 a public review and comment period from October 22, 2018 to November 21, 2018.

Recommendations

 

At its January 23, 2019 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the Pit River Tribe as the prospective fee title donee for 541 acres within seven parcels (185, 187, 188, 191, 204, 205, 209) in the Hat Creek planning unit located in Shasta County, subject to compliance with all of the requrements of the Land Conservation Commitment and under the following terms:

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

  • The Board approves providing funding for future property tax obligations associated with this recommended donation.

At its April 29, 2015 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the Pit River Tribe as the prospective fee title donee for 850 acres of Hat Creek planning unit lands located in Shasta County under the following terms:

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

  • The Board approves providing funding for future property tax obligations associated with this recommended donation.

At its January 22, 2015 meeting, the board recommended theShasta Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holder on the property.

Land Stewardship Proposals

 

On August 13, 2010, the Stewardship Council received two land stewardship proposals from organizations interested in being considered for a donation of fee title to certain lands located within the Hat Creek planning unit. The US Bureau of Land Management and the Pit River Tribe 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 fully reviewed and considered the proposals before recommending any organizations for donation of fee title to lands within the Hat Creek planning unit.

Organizations Submitting a Statement of Qualifications

 

County of Shasta
Fall River Resources Conservation District
Environmental Education Council of Marin
Pit River Tribe
Spring Rivers Foundation
US Forest Service – Lassen National Forest
US Bureau of Land Management

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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