The Hayfork Valley lies within the rugged landscape of the Klamath-Siskiyou, which is also home to critical runs of Pacific salmon, steelhead, and numerous other threatened and endangered species. Many small communities exist throughout the area, struggling to make a living as stewards of the land.
Nearly 75 percent of the landscape is public land managed by federal agencies such as the United States Forest Service who work with community-based organizations, local residents and private contractors.
Hayfork’s local forest stewards, loggers and mill workers, have now been put to work by the Watershed Center to implement restoration.
Many stewards from around the country participate in Hayfork’s field tours and come to learn about the innovative practices of the Watershed Center and Fire Learning Network.
The peeling and processing of small diameter wood results in numerous byproducts of local restoration projects. The Watershed Center sells peeled poles into agricultural and log home markets across the Pacific West.
Shown here is a table and wine holder made from suppressed Douglas fir, which was harvested locally during restoration projects in the Hayfork Basin. Local tertiary manufacturing and value-added processing is providing up to 15 times as many jobs with the same amount of small diameter wood as primary milling.