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Lake Spaulding

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

On June 2, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E's donation of fee simple title to approximately 1,151 acres at the Lake Spaulding planning unit in  Placer and Nevada Counties to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and related actions.

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lake Spaulding (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) Donated

At its January 15, 2020 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors approved a final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be donated to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) at the Lake Spaulding (CAL FIRE) planning unit in Placer and Nevada Counties. 

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 November 7, 2019 to December 9, 2019.

 

Advice Letter to California Public Utilities Commission Regarding Lake Spaulding Fuller Lake, Rucker  Lake and Blue Lake Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan  

On May 10, 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 3,155 acres at the Lake Spaulding planning unit in Nevada County. The conservation easement will be held by Bear Yuba Land Trust.   

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan Adoption - Lands to be Retained by PG&E at Lake Spaulding, Fuller Lake, Rucker Lake, and Blue Lake

 

At its March 18, 2015 meeting, the board adopted the Lake Spaulding Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for the Lake Spaulding planning unit (Lands to be Retained by PG&E at Lake Spaulding, Fuller Lake, Rucker Lake, and Blue Lake) located in Nevada County, California.

The 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 December 22, 2014 to January 21, 2015.

Transfer of Land to the San Joaquin County Office of Education

The donation of land at the Lake Spaulding (SJCOE) planning unit to the San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the establishment of a conservation easement held by Wildlife Heritage Foundation were finalized on December 22, 2020.

San Joaquin County Office of Education has acquired the Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center

 

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lake Spaulding (San Joaquin County Office of Education) Donated

At its June 26, 2019 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors approved a final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be donated to the San Joaquin County Office of Education at the Lake Spaulding (SJCOE) planning unit in Placer County.

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 a public review and comment period from April 24, 2019 to May 24, 2019.

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - PG&E Retained Lands at Lake Spaulding (Lake Valley Preserve)

 

At its April 29, 2020 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors approved a final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be retained by PG&E at the Lake Spaulding (Lake Valley Preserve) planning unit in Placer County. 

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 February 12, 2020 to March 13, 2020.

 

Permanent Protection of Lake Spaulding (Linsdey Lakes) Planning Unit with a Conservation Easement

On December 19, 2017, a conservation easement was recorded to protect the Beneficial Public Values of the watershed lands at the Lake Spaulding (Lindsey Lakes) planning unit. The conservation easement is held by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

 

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan – Lake Spaulding (Lindsey Lakes)

 

At its September 21, 2016 meeting the board adopted the proposed Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands to be retained by PG&E at the Lake Spaulding (Lindsey Lakes) 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 22, 2016 to August 20, 2016.

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.

 

Transfer of Land to the University of California

 

The donation of land at the Lake Spaulding (Grouse Ridge) planning unit to the University of California, and the establishment of a conservation easement held by the Bear Yuba Land Trust were finalized on December 14, 2016.

 

Revised Final Lake Spaulding (Grouse Ridge) Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lands to be donated to UC

 

At its November 19, 2014 meeting, the board adopted a Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands to be donated to UC at the Lake Spaulding (Grouse Ridge) Planning Unit located in Nevada 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.

On February 12, 2016, PG&E withdrew its Advice Letter due to nearby property owner concerns about the building envelope in the proposed conservation easement to be established on the lands recommended for donation to UC.  Subsequently, UC and the Bear Yuba Land Trust agreed to revised the conservation easement to omit the building envelope.  The Revised LCCP is found here:

Recommendations

 

On June 27, 2018 the Board recommended CALFIRE as the recipient of fee title to approximately 1,311 acres available for donation within parcels in the Lake Spaulding (Lake Valley Reservoir, Six Mile Valley) planning unit. This action supersedes any previous fee donee recommendations to CAL FIRE in the Lake Spaulding planning unit.

At its January 24, 2018 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the San Joaquin County Office Of Education (SJCOE) as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 40 acres of land in the Lake Spaulding planning unit, located in Placer County.

On June 27, 2018 the Board recommended the Wildlife Heritage Foundation as the conservation easement holder for the lands to be donated to San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) at the Lake Spaulding (Lake Valley Reservoir) planning unit. This action supersedes any previous conservation easement holder actions at the Lake Spaulding (Lake Valley Reservoir) planning unit.

At its September 10, 2014 meeting, the board recommended Bear Yuba Land Trust and Placer Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holders over remaining lands in the Lake Spaulding planning unit, in Nevada County and Placer County respectively, for which a conservation easement holder has not yet been recommended.

At its November 14, 2013 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the US Forest Service –Tahoe National Forest  as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 469 acres of land in the Lake Spaulding planning unit, located in Nevada and Placer County.

At its June 27, 2013 meeting, the board recommended the Bear Yuba Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holder on 699 acres of property in parcel 825 an 826 in the vicinity of the Deer Creek Powerhouse.

At its January 16, 2013 meeting, the board recommended the Bear Yuba Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holder on the property previously recommended for donation to UC.

At its November 16, 2011 meeting, the board recommended the University of California–Center for Forestry as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 1,484 acres of land in the Lake Spaulding planning unit, located in Nevada County

 

The board will recommend fee title donees for the remainder of the lands available for donation in the Lake Spaulding planning unit at a later date.

Land Stewardship Proposals

On May 13, 2011, the Stewardship Council received land stewardship proposals from organizations interested in being considered for donation of fee title to certain lands located within the Lake Spaulding planning unit. The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Nevada County Land Trust (aka Bear Yuba Land Trust), the San Joaquin County Office of Education, the US Forest Service–Tahoe National Forest, and University of California–Center for Forestry 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 Lake Spaulding planning unit.

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

Oganizations Submittinga Submitted a Statement of Qualifications

Bureau of Land Management
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Eagle Mountain Conservancy
Nevada County Land Trust
Placer County Water Agency
Placer Land Trust
San Joaquin County Office of Education
United States Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest
University of California – Center for Forestry

 

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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