As one of the largest landowners in California, PG&E has long been required to manage their properties in conformance with a variety of federal statutes for environmental quality and cultural resource protection. Over the past decade or so, the utility has hired archeologists, historians and tribal members to locate and map sites on their properties which may contain culturally significant locations such as burial grounds and old native residences. For obvious reasons, the Utility does not publish these maps, or make them available to the general public.
In their latest version of the Shoreline Management Plan for Bucks Lake, PG&E has extended their cultural resources compliance program to include their leased property along the lake shoreline. In order to comply with these legal obligations, anyone leasing property within 25 feet from the high water who wishes to do any excavation there should contact PG&E before digging. PG&E will then consult their maps and with local tribal experts to determine if their is any conflict with known sites, and whether any further investigations are necessary in order to avoid unearthing sensitive sites. Over the years, the PG&E archeologists working in this program have proven to be both prompt and professional in their work, and they can assist cabin owners to remain in compliance with federal laws, and avoid excavating things which should remain undisturbed.