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Willow Creek

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Permanent Protection of Willow Creek Planning Unit (Lands to be retained by PG&E) with a Conservation Easement

 

On September 7th, 2018, a conservation easement was recorded to protect the Beneficial Public Values of the watershed lands at the Willow Creek planning unit. The conservation easement on the property is held by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy.

 

Final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan- Lands to be retained by PG&E at Willow Creek 

 

At its January 25, 2017 meeting, the board adopted a final Land Conservation and Conveyance Plan for lands to be retained by PG&E at the Willow Creek planning unit in Madera County, California.

The final LCCP describes how the proposed trqansaction 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 19, 2016 to November 17, 2016.

Recommendations

 

At its March 13, 2013 meeting, the Stewardship Council Board of Directors recommended that PG&E retain all of the lands (approximately 246 acres) in the Willow Creek planning unit, located in Madera and Fresno Counties.

 

At its November 14, 2013 meeting, the board recommended the Sierra Foothills Conservany as the prospective conservation easement holder on the property.

At its January 25, 2017 board meeting, the board approved a finding of no significant public interest value (NSPIV) for 4.7 acres at parcel 1053 and 1054 at the Willow Creek planning unit 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 4.7 acres will not be included in the Willow Creek planning unit LCCP.

Land Stewardship Proposal

 

On July 8, 2011, the Stewardship Council received one land stewardship proposal from an organization interested in being considered for a donation of fee title to certain lands located within the Willow Creek planning unit.

The North Fork Mono Tribe prepared and submitted its proposal. The proposal is 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 proposal before recommending any organization for donation of fee title to lands within the Willow Creek planning unit.

Please note that the Land Stewardship Proposal submitted by the North Fork Mono Tribe linked below concerns three planning units within the Willow Creek watershed area including the Willow Creek planning unit.

 

Organizations Submitting a Statement of Qualifications

 

Coarsegold RCD
Madera County
North Fork Mono Tribe

 

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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