Nature Restoration Trust

Protecting California’s Natural Habitats and Fostering Environmental Education

Preserving the natural beauty of California – especially its fragile fish and wildlife habitats – is important to PG&E. To protect natural habitats, wetlands and coastal areas, we founded the Nature Restoration Trust in 1999 and continue to fund restoration projects throughout our service area to this day.

Program Overview

In partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) the PG&E Nature Restoration Trust provides grants up to $30,000 to support community-based projects that restore natural habitats throughout Northern and Central California. Additionally, the program fosters local stewardship by educating youth about how they can make a difference in protecting our natural habitats.

Partnering to Protect California Wildlife

Since 1999, PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust has given $1.9 million to 71 projects from Redding to Bakersfield.

Some of the species of fish and wildlife that have benefitted from the grants include the California clapper rail, salt marsh harvest mouse, San Francisco garter snake, red-legged frog, coho salmon, steelhead trout, Western pond turtle, Mission blue butterfly, as well as a variety of native plants on coastal dunes, woodland stream banks and wetland areas.

A nonprofit established by Congress in 1984, NFWF sustains and restores the nation's fish, wildlife and plant habitats. Through NFWF, PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust brings together public and private resources to protect these precious natural resources.

Past Projects

As part of our efforts to conserve California's diverse wildlife, PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust has awarded grants to the following projects over the last several years:

  • La Honda Pond Repair, La Honda Preserve
  • Marsh Creek Floodplain and Riparian Restoration
  • Wild Oysters Habitat Restoration, Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline
  • SLEWS – Restoring Riparian Habitat on the Mokelumne River
  • Sonoma Baylands Environmental Science & Restoration Project
  • Cooley Landing Restoration and Education Project
  • Sausal Creek Eco-Stewards Program with Oakland and Skyline High Schools
  • Learning Landscapes Restoration
  • Legacy Sediments and the Next Generation
  • Golden Gate Audubon Eco-Education Program
  • Pond Restoration and Education
  • Audubon Bobcat Ranch Oak Woodland Corridor
  • Lower Calaveras Demonstration Native Grass Planting
  • Panorama Vista Riparian Restoration and Education
  • Cresta Riparian Habitat Enhancement and Education Project
  • Lake Solano Restoration and Watershed Education Project

How to Apply

Up to $30,000 is available for each grant request. Nonprofit community-based organizations, conservation organizations, local governments, tribal organizations and school districts are eligible to apply.

To learn more about the application process, visit the program website >>

Our Partnership

"If we don't get the next generation involved, protection of our wonderful natural resources is not going to be possible. PG&E funding is making all the difference".

Claire Thorp,
Assistant Director of the Southwest Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Partnering to Protect California Wildlife

Community Volunteers, PG&E Help Restore Habitat along Mokelumne River
PG&E, along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Lodi High School students with the Center for Land-Based Learning helped restore nearly an acre of sensitive habitat along the Mokelumne River on Jan. 17.

Community Volunteers Help Restore Creek; PG&E Supports Nature Restoration Trust
PG&E, along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and community volunteers with the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed worked to restore three acres of shoreline along Marsh Creek in Contra Costa County in one of the fastest urbanizing watersheds in California.

PG&E Helps Fund Creek Restoration
PG&E is helping fund a restoration project for middle school students to help preserve Arroyo Grande Creek habitat.

  • Employee Volunteers
  • Power Pathway