The Hayfork Community Enterprise Project (HCEP) is an ambitious community and economic development project being lead by the Watershed Center. In 2015 The Watershed Center purchased a former lumber mill spanning 54 acres. This “brownfield” land, unutilized for decades, represented the only available industrial space in Hayfork. We are redeveloping this site into a multi-use space that will provide a location for businesses, entrepreneurs and community projects.
Through careful design and land use planning, the HCEP will host industrial uses as well as agriculture, businesses, and pedestrian-oriented community spaces. Community engagement and investment will serve as pillars for HCEP development. We are currently restructuring our financing for the site moving from commercial bank and institutional loans to community-member loans, providing local people with a means to invest in community development and wealth creation.
Aligning itself to the directives of local self-sufficiency and sustainability, the HCEP will be an evolving effort designed to adapt and grow with changing economic climates and industries, providing an exciting opportunity to shape a future for Hayfork that is adaptive and resilient.
The HCEP currently houses two wood products businesses, Tule Creek Forest Products and R&R Forest Products.