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PG&E and California State Parks Foundation Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

April 17, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) on Saturday, April 17, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. More than 1,000 company employees, retirees and their families and friends will volunteer at 10 state parks in Northern and Central California. In addition, PG&E is granting $200,000 to CSPF for restoration and environmental improvement projects at these parks.

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“California state parks currently face a $1.2 billion maintenance backlog that cannot be addressed due to extensive staff and funding shortages,” said CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein. “PG&E will provide critical funding, expertise, in-kind contributions and volunteers to help clean and restore shorelines, plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive non-native plants, clear trash and debris, and make other improvements at several state parks.”

This year marks the ninth consecutive year the utility has partnered with CSPF. Since 2001, PG&E has granted more than $1.2 million to fund vital maintenance and improvement projects at California’s parks, while PG&E employees, retirees, and their families and friends have contributed over 18,000 volunteer hours.

“We are proud to continue this long-standing partnership with the California State Parks Foundation to help preserve the natural beauty of our state parks,” said Chris Johns, President of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. “This is a natural extension of our work to provide environmentally responsible energy service and of our commitment to give back to the communities we serve.”

In recognition of this special Earth Day anniversary, PG&E is becoming a founding “Park Champion,” pledging to provide year-round support to four parks in the utility’s service area. The Park Champions Program was developed by CSPF in response to the growing problems faced by state parks due to lack of funding and staff resources. This year, 10 pilot project sites will be launched statewide, including those sponsored by PG&E.

“Now more than ever,” stated CSPF’s Goldstein, “private partnerships designed to address state parks’ needs are critical. Our parks continue to be wildly popular — accommodating some 80 million annual visitors — all the while suffering from budget cuts, staffing furloughs and service reductions. PG&E’s leadership in helping maintain and preserve our state parks is something we hope others in the public and private sector will emulate.”

On Saturday, April 17, PG&E employee volunteers, retirees, and their families and friends will join the CSPF at the 10 following locations:


    PARK                       TIME                      PROJECTS

    East Shore State Park    10:00 am to Noon    Non-native fennel/pampas
    Alameda County                               removal and shoreline
                                                 cleanup

    Mt. Diablo State Park    9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Split rail fence
    Contra Costa County                          installation, redevelopment
                                                 of picnic area, trail
                                                 maintenance and removal of
                                                 non-native plants 

    Millerton Lake State     9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Native plant species
    Recreation Area                              planting, general
    Fresno/Madera County                         improvements to South Shore
                                                 day-use area and creation of
                                                 fish habitat

    Patrick's Point State    9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Habitat restoration, park
    Park                                         landscaping and meadow
    Humboldt County                              management

    Angel Island State Park  9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Beach cleanup, vegetation
    Marin County                                 management, drainage and
                                                 culvert maintenance and
                                                 exotic plant removal

    Auburn State Recreation  8:00 am to 1:00 pm  Park clean up, install
    Area                                         benches and paint over
    Placer County                                graffiti

    Folsom Lake State        9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Removal of vegetation around
    Recreation Area and                          historic structures, trash
    Folsom Powerhouse State                      cleanup and non-native plant
    Historic Park                                removal at several locations
    Sacramento County

    Candlestick Point State  9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Community garden
    Recreation Area                              rehabilitation, split rail
    San Francisco County                         fence installation, shoreline
                                                 cleanup

    Montana de Oro State     8:30 am to 1:00 pm  Remove deteriorated
    Park                                         fencing and maintain trail
    San Luis Obispo County                       treads

    Coast Dairies State Park 9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Extend existing boardwalk to
    Santa Cruz County                            regulate access to culturally
                                                 and ecologically sensitive
                                                 areas, removal of invasive
                                                 plants and trash cleanup

In 2010, as a ‘Park Champion,’ PG&E will encourage employee volunteers, retirees, and their families and friends to join the CSPF to provide year-round support at the four following locations:


          PARK                    2010 PG&E 'PARK CHAMPION' PROJECTS

    Tule Elk State Reserve   Fence removal and replacement, construction
    Kern County              of patio enclosure to be used as a visitor's
                             center, tree planting and removal of non-native
                             Trees

    Angel Island State Park  Installation of solar vent fan at Camp Reynolds,
    Marin County             installation of solar lighting at the boat docks/
                             finger piers and restoration work on multiple
                             historic buildings including plumbing, painting,
                             cleaning, electrical, landscaping and carpentry

    Candlestick Point State  Fence repair, wind screen repainting and graffiti
    Recreation Area          removal, tree trimming, removal of weeds and
    San Francisco County     invasive plants and revitalization of picnic
                             areas

    Caswell Memorial State   Grounds maintenance including detailing the
    Park                     campfire center and cleaning campsites and
    San Joaquin County       native plant restoration

About Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.

About California State Parks Foundation

With its 115,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s magnificent state parks. For more information about California’s state parks, visit www.calparks.org.

SOURCE PG&E


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