CalTrout’s Hat Creek restoration strategy underscores the inherent connectivity between ecology, people, places, culture, and communities. Over our 40 year history as a conservation organization, we’ve learned that you simply cannot restore ecological systems without engaging on a meaningful level the people and cultures that define the places we work.
In the case of Hat Creek, we’re honored and privileged to be allowed to carry out this project on the sacred ancestral lands of the Illmawi Band of the Pit River Tribe. In addition to full-scale restoration actions such as riparian planting and in-stream habitat re-introduction, this project also includes the following investments in people and cultural heritage:
- Pit River Tribal Conservation Work Force Training and Employment Program
- Pit River Tribe Native Plant Propagation Greenhouse
- Hat Creek Youth Initiative
- Hat Creek Cultural Resource Survey, Inventory, and Assessment
- Pit River Tribe Cultural Interpretive Sign Plan
Finally, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) owns the lands on which this project sits and operates two 10 megawatt hydroelectric powerhouses just above the WTA reach. This project would not be possible without full buy-in and support from PG&E. PG&E has invested significant time and resources in partnering with CalTrout, providing necessary permitting, and providing legal access to the project area.