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SDG&E Donates Land to Forest Service

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    The Sunrise Powerlink, a $2 billion power line that opened in June 2012 in Imperial County's backcountry, is one element in a program to bolster tight electricity supplies in Southern California.

    San Diego Gas & Electric, a unit of San Diego based Sempra Energy, said it donated a 66-acre parcel of land, in the Cleveland National Forest bordering a one mile stretch of Highway 79 known as the Descanso Junction, to the U.S. Forest Service.

    The donated land protects part of the upper Sweetwater River watershed, and involves a strand of Engelmann oak trees that grow in the foothills of Southern California and are one of the rarest oak species in the United States, SDG&E said.

    The land donation is one of more than a dozen properties the company is preserving as a result of its Sunrise Powerlink mitigation plan. The $1 billion power line transmits electrical power generated from wind and solar plants in Imperial County to San Diego.

    Eventually, SDG&E will preserve about 11,000 acres, or more than 10 times the space that the transmission line’s construction disturbed, according to SDG&E.