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Progress is happening for Western Juniper

Posted by Renee Magyar on November 13, 2015

New Oregon state funds will support continued growth of the juniper industry in Oregon

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Photo by: Marcus Kauffman

Sustainable Northwest is pleased to share that we will be partnering with Business Oregon to continue the good work of the Western Juniper Alliance. Two new funding packages that were signed into Oregon law in July 2015 will support continued market and supply chain improvements for the growing juniper industry in Oregon. Next steps for this project will commence immediately and conclude at the end of June 2017.

Here is a quick list of our shared goals for Western Juniper for the next two years:

  1. Work with ranchers, farmers, and harvesters to increase and regularize harvest levels of quality, merchantable Western Juniper. 
  2. Define target markets and build consumer awareness of the favorable characteristics and uses for Western Juniper. 
  3. Increase the competitiveness of existing harvesters and millers, and cultivate new Western Juniper businesses.
  4. Support a self-sustaining Western Juniper industry in Oregon through ongoing support of the Western Juniper Alliance
  5. Assist Business Oregon in establishing the criteria and implementing programs created by Oregon House Bill 2998.

Sustainable Northwest looks forward to working with all of the organizations in the Western Juniper Alliance to accomplish these goals over the next two years.

Engineering tests are scheduled to begin today!

For those interested in tracking the progress of the engineering properties testing of Western Juniper that’s happening at Oregon State University, visit the Oregon Wood Innovation Center’s juniper webpage. Testing is set to begin today, November 13, 2015.

For more information about the Western Juniper project, contact Dylan Kruse, Policy Director at Sustainable Northwest at (503) 221-6911 x105 or dkruse@sustainablenorthwest.org.