The Watershed Research and Training Center (The Watershed Center) is a community-based non-profit organization located in the heart of the South Fork Trinity River Watershed. Our 1,000 square mile watershed in central Trinity County, California is a biodiversity hot spot. It is home to numerous endemic species and unique rural communities nestled in the rugged and remote Trinity Mountains.
Our organization was founded in 1993 in response to the economic crisis following the closure of our saw mill. What started as a project—sketched out around founder Lynn Jungwirth’s kitchen table—to re-train loggers and mill workers to do the hard and honorable work of ecosystem management, has grown to become The Watershed Center.
Our efforts have evolved to respond to challenges at local, regional, and national levels. Now, in addition to local job training, we conduct the full gamut of land and watershed management services, are leaders in state biomass and fire management partnerships, and lead national initiatives. Our programs and expertise have grown exponentially, but we remain committed to the original vision of the organization: creating a vibrant future for rural lands and communities.