What is a Trustee Agency?

A “trustee agency” is a public agency having jurisdiction by law over natural resources affected by a project which are held in trust for the people of the State of California. Trustee agencies include:

  • The California Department of Fish and Game with regard to the fish and wildlife of the state, to designated rare or endangered native plants, and to game refuges, ecological reserves, and other areas administered by the department.
  • The State Lands Commission with regard to state-owned “sovereign” lands, such as the beds of navigable waters and state school lands.
  • The State Department of Parks and Recreation with regard to units of the State Park System.
  • The University of California with regard to sites within the Natural Land and Water Reserves System.

References: Title 14, CCR, Section 15386

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