Hat Creek Restoration

Multi-benefit approach of restoration, recreation, and cultural resources

Read about the Wild Trout Legacy Waters of Hat Creek in the Summer 2018 issue of The Current

Long-term Goal

Restore Hat Creek wild trout populations to over 5,000 fish per mile, restore 1.5 miles of instream habitat with large woody debris structures, and protect cultural resources on over 5,000 acres of ancestral lands of the Illmawi Band of the Pit River Tribe.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Launched a Tribal Workforce Training program to train and employ Pit River and Illmawi Tribal members to carry out Hat Creek Restoration actions including riparian planting, noxious weed management, trail restoration and maintenance, interpretive signage and cultural resource protection;
  • Restored the historic Carbon Bridge with a 160 foot free-span, steel pedestrian bridge linking trail segments;
  • Converted approximately ¼ mile of existing road to trail and improve off stream parking and trail access;
  • Finalized construction of all recreation components: trails, signs, new parking area;
  • In partnership with the Pit River Tribe, designed and launched 2016 Hat Creek Youth Initiative;
  • In partnership with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences (UCD CWS) and CA DFW, monitoring in-stream habitat restoration impact and wild trout population estimates, measuring geomorphic response to in-stream structure, monitoring bank stability, riparian restoration and invasive species management;
  • Utilized adaptive management to improve in-stream habitat strategy based on existing conditions and ecological responses to restoration actions.
  • Restored 2,500 native plants, trees, shrubs, and grasses throughout the Wild Trout Area;
  • Restored 1.5 miles of in-stream habitat and geomorphic function with four large woody debris structures in the Carbon Reach.

Hat Creek – A Wild Trout Legacy

Mount Shasta / Klamath Region News

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