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Last month, Governor Kitzhaber officially designated the Western Juniper Utilization Group as an Oregon Solutions project.
This means that state funding will be designated to help "unlock the potential of rangeland restoration and juniper harvested from public and private lands," according to Oregon Solutions.
The goal is to spur landscape restoration and economic development in rural communities.
Sustainable Northwest Wood is proud to participate with this group, which will be active in 13 juniper-afflicted Oregon counties.
Members of the group will work with a variety of private businesses, environmental groups, and government agencies to seek solutions to the problem of juniper's spread. They will also develop a statewide marketing plan to help support landscape restoration efforts and make this beautiful, durable wood more widely available.
Click here to read media coverage about the group and its plan of action, and visit Oregon Solution's Western Juniper Utilization Group webpage here.
"Exquisite" is the word a local designer used to describe these plywood panels when he was privy to a sneak peek last week.
We're happy to introduce them to you this month and share the amazing story behind them:
The walnut veneers used in these panels are from a single large tree that was salvaged in Douglas County, Oregon. This antique tree was brought to Oregon by some of our state's first settlers, who hoped to recreate the familiar landscape of the East Coast and reap an annual bounty of nuts. More than a century later, the walnut tree succumbed to old age and had to be removed from the property before it caused damage or injury.
This one special log yielded beautiful veneers that we pressed onto FSC Certified, NAUF cores (also manufactured in Oregon).
Certification: FSC Certified, NAUF
Available thicknesses: 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4" (1/4" on MDF, 1/2" and 3/4" on plywood)
Panel size: 4' x 8'
Veneers: 1/40" thick
Grade: Both sides with "A" grade veneers: Book-matched planks with vertical grain on one side, random-matched planks on other side
Please contact us for pricing and samples.
Ever since we introduced our line of hardwood butcher blocks last fall, they've been flying out the warehouse and into homes and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest.
And it's no wonder! They're available quickly and easily, in standard stocked sizes or in custom dimensions to suit your unique project. Plus these countertops are as eco-friendly as they come: They're made from locally-harvested wood that is either FSC certified or comes from salvaged sources.
Quick and easy: Our in-stock butcher block is available in five different local, sustainable wood options and is sized to fit a standard kitchen cabinet. Custom sizes are available in two weeks.
Super affordable pricing: Our locally harvested and manufactured butcher blocks start at $26.00 per square foot.
High quality: Our butcher block is built to last with kiln-dried hardwood and is glued up with FDA-approved, non-formaldehyde adhesives.
In-stock sizes: 1 1/2" x 26 1/2" x lengths 48" to 120"
Custom sizes: You name it, up to 16' long
Click here for more information and current pricing.
Photo at top: FSC Big Leaf Maple shows off tasty pastries at Miss Zumstein's in Portland.
Photos at bottom: FSC Big Leaf Maple was customized for this retail space; an extra-long madrone slab adds a warm touch to this restaurant bar.