Hat Creek Restoration

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

Read about The Battle of the Four Corners in the Winter 2015 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 wood 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

  • Secured the largest restoration grant in organizational history from the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council for habitat restoration, cultural resource protection, and recreational enhancement;
  • Secured all final permits and approvals, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, Section 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 1600 of the CA DFW Code (Streambed Alteration Agreement);
  • Secured final project approval from PG&E (land owner), the CA Natural Resources Department, and the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC);
  • Restored 2,500 native plants, trees, shrubs, and grasses throughout the Wild Trout Area;
  • Restored 1.5 of recreational river trail;
  • Restored 1.5 miles of in-stream habitat and geomorphic function with four large wood debris structures in the Carbon Reach.

What We Will Achieve in 2016-17

  • Launch 2016 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;
  • Restore the historic Carbon Bridge with a 160 foot free-span, steel pedestrian bridge linking trail segments;
  • Convert approximately ¼ mile of existing road to trail and improve off stream parking and trail access;
  • Finalize construction of all recreation components: trails, signs, new parking area;
  • In partnership with the Pit River Tribe, design and launch 2016 Hat Creek Youth Initiative;
  • In partnership with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences (UCD CWS) and CA DFW, monitor in-stream habitat restoration impact and wild trout population estimates, measure geomorphic response to in-stream structure, monitor bank stability, riparian restoration and invasive species management;
  • Utilize adaptive management to improve in-stream habitat strategy based on existing conditions and ecological responses to restoration actions.

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