The project is limited to one (1) encroachment for the implementation of a revegetation plan developed to compensate for the unauthorized removal of riparian vegetation by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in a small tributary channel to the Van Duzen River. In September 2021, PG&E removed mature riparian vegetation to access transmission poles requiring replacement. Vegetation was removed from an area measuring 797 square feet, and equipment forded the stream. Straw mulch and wattles were installed to reduce erosion and sedimentation to the channel. To mitigate for the loss of riparian vegetation, PG&E will exclude cattle from the riparian corridor to facilitate natural regeneration of existing vegetation, remove non-native invasive plants, and seed bare soil areas with a native grass seed mix. To augment woody riparian species recruitment, PG&E will establish fifteen arroyo willow (Salix lasiolepis) cuttings at the crossing site in late 2022/early 2023. The goal of the
revegetation effort is to re-establish vigorous, native riparian vegetation and enhance the disturbed area. PG&E will monitor the effort over a three-year period to ensure successful vegetation recruitment occurs at natural density, cover, and vigor, and shall provide CDFW annual status reports.