North Fork Mokelumne River

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

 

The donation of land at the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit to CAL FIRE, and the establishment of a conservation easement held by the Mother Lode Land Trust were finalized on December 23, 2019.

 

Revised Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lands for Donation to CALFIRE at North Fork Mokelumne River

 

At its March 13, 2018 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors approved a revised final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be donated to CAL FIRE at the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit in Amador County. The proposed LCCP was previously adopted by the board of directors on November 19, 2014 but required additional review by the State of California to ensure compliance with State legal guidance and administrative processes.

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

Land Transfer to the USFS at North Fork Mokelumne Planning Unit

 

The donation of 98 acres at the North Fork Mokelumne planning unit to the United States Forest Service and the establishment of a conservation covenant held by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy were finalized on December 21, 2016.

 

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lands for Donation to USFS at North Fork Mokelumne River

 

At its March 16, 2016 meeting, the board adopted the North Fork Mokelumne River Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan (LCCP) for lands to be donated to the United States Forest Service in the North Fork Mokelumne planning unit located in Calaveras and Amador Counties, 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 15, 2015 to January 20, 2016.

 

Permanent Protection of PG&E's Retained Property with a Conservation Easement

 

On June 30, 2022, a conservation easement was recorded to protect the Beneficial Public Values on lands owned by PG&E at the North Fork Mokelumne River Reservoir planning unit. The Conservation Easement is held by the Mother Lode Land Trust.

Updated Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan - Lands to be Retained by PG&E at North Fork Mokelumne River

 

At its November 19, 2014 meeting, the board adopted the North Fork Mokelumne River Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for Lands to be retained by PG&E in the North Fork Mokelumne planning unit located in Amador and Calaveras Counties, 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 September 15, 2014 to October 15, 2014.

Recommendations

 

At its May 2, 2018 board meeting, the board approved a finding of no significant public interest value (NSPIV) for 1.8 acres at parcel 991 at the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit after evaluating the parcel and coming to the conclusion that the parcel does not contain, nor does it have the potential for significant habitat, forestry, agricultural, recreational, or open space value. This 1.8 acres will not be included in the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit LCCP.

 

At its November 19, 2014 meeting, the board recommended PG&E retain an additional 1,452 acres in the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit  further described as: approximately 837 acres within 13 parcels (parcels 963-968, 972, 983, 995, 1005, 1007, 1008, and 1009) previously recommended to the Bureau of Land Management; approximately 271 acres within parcel 959 and 961, previously recommended to the US Forest Service; and approximately 344 acres within 11 parcels (parcels 969-971, 984, 985, 988, 990, 991, 996, 997 and 1006).

This acreage is in addition to the approximately 859 acres originally designated to be retained by PG&E within the planning unit.

The board also recommended the donation of fee title to one additional acre available for donation within parcel 962 to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

At its May 11, 2011 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the United States Forest Service (Eldorado National Forest) as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 98 acres of land in the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit.

At its December 2, 2010 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as the prospective fee title donee for approximately 1,070 acres of land in the North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit, located in Amador and Calaveras Counties.

At its March 30, 2011 meeting, the board recommended the Mother Lode Land Trust as the prospective conservation easement holder on the property.

Land Stewardship Proposals

 

On August 10, 2010, 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 North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit. Amador County, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the US Forest Service (Eldorado National Forest) prepared and submitted proposals. The respective organizations prepared the information and statements contained in these proposals. 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 North Fork Mokelumne River planning unit.

Please note that land stewardship proposals linked below may concern multiple planning units within the Upper Mokelumne River watershed area.

 

Organizations Submitting a Statement of Qualifications

 

Amador County
Amador County Resource Conservation District
Calaveras County
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
California State Parks OHV Recreation Division
Central Sierra Resource Conservation & Development
Environmental Education Council of Marin
Regents of the University of California
San Joaquin County Office of Education
US Forest Service - Eldorado 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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