The Hayfork Community Wetlands (HCW) are an exciting project that restored 20 acres of wetlands in Hayfork to create a new outdoor community space. During the 1920-1940’s, these wetlands were once destroyed by large-scale dredges and mining operations that demolished vital habitat by removing plants and soil, and altered the landscape itself, eventually turning an ecosystem once teeming with wildlife into a barren stretch of land.

Learn more about why wetlands are important!

In 2015 the Watershed Research and Training Center designed and implemented a restoration project to revitalize this area into a thriving wetlands ecosystem. This work will benefit the environment by increasing the area and connectivity of the ephemeral and emergent wet-meadow, shrub, and forested wetlands. These enhanced wetlands create critical habitat linkages, supporting the life of fish, migrating birds, mammals, and amphibians, while contributing to the overall health of Hayfork Creek by helping to clean and conserve our water.

Our goal is to utilize the HCW as an ongoing project for community engagement, learning, and hands-on restoration work. We have developed the HCW partnering with local residents, agencies, schools, and community members to host volunteer planting and trail building days, and to develop an interpretive trail system incorporating art and building projects with Hayfork High School.


The Hayfork Community Wetlands will enrich the local community by providing opportunities for engagement through education and restoration, by serving as a standing outdoor classroom for local youth, and by providing a beautiful recreation area that will foster connections to the land while restoring and preserving the natural beauty of Trinity County.

 Visit the Hayfork Community Wetlands

Get Involved! To  contact Josh at the WRTC to learn more and sign up for Hayfork Community Wetlands Volunteer events contact Josh at 530-628-4206 or

Thanks to our many partners!

This project is truly a regional and community effort and would not be possible without the support of Trinity County, the Mountain Valley Unified School District, the California Department of Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, the Hayfork Community Plan, the Trinity County Resource Conservation District, 5 Counties Salmonid Conservation Program, the Trinity River Restoration Program, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Trinity County Historical Society.

Thanks to our funders!

This project has been funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Conservation Program, the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee, the Shasta Regional Foundation, the Cal Recycle Program and the Trinity County Office of Education.