Legislature Funds Oregon’s Fledgling Juniper Industry

Juniper is a native Oregon species. But decades of fire suppression and grazing have allowed the tree to spread voraciously over Eastern and Central Oregon. That’s a problem because juniper consumes sage grouse habitat and sucks up a lot of water. The Oregon Legislature passed two bills at the end of the session to help boost … Read more

Juniper: It’s Not Just For Gin Anymore

Twisted old Juniper trees can make for a pretty photograph, but they don’t have a lot of commercial uses. And that can be a problem because there are a lot of juniper trees in Eastern Oregon, taking up space and water, and changing the habitat for species like the sage-grouse…

Oregon Juniper Wood Is The Secret Ingredient In New Gin From Sweden

For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert. A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with juniper fence … Read more

Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper

Sustainable Northwest has secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the structural characteristics of Western Juniper, which grows across wide swaths of Eastern Oregon. The grant for $64,990, from the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s Rural Business Enteprise grant program, will help certify the value of Western Juniper for commercial uses…

Oregon’s juniper team nabs big victory

Oregon’s juniper advocates chalked up a sizable win that validates efforts to cultivate hardwoods from the invasive Eastern Oregon plants. The Oregon State Weed Board has crafted a policy backing “efforts to thin juniper to levels that are historically more in balance with protecting and restoring watershed function.”…

Oregon ag board to discuss juniper control, water quality

State ag board will hear an update on state water policy and juniper control. The Oregon Board of Agriculture will hear about juniper utilization projects, learn about water quality improvements and review agriculture department budget and legislative reports when it meets Sept. 17-19 in Prineville. The need to control or find a commercial use for western juniper, which covers hillsides in much of … Read more

Jumping juniper: Sustainability bigwigs to help manage proliferating wood

An effort by two Oregon sustainability titans to better harvest and utilize juniper from public lands has earned approval from the state’s top rungs. Gov. John Kitzhaber has designated the Western Juniper Utilization Group as an “Oregon Solutions” project, meaning it will collect $262,000 “to unlock the potential of rangeland restoration and juniper harvested from … Read more