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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.
Cellar Ridge Construction, the McMinnville-based custom home builder, is a big fan of juniper. They've used it for a number of unique applications, giving their finished projects a distinctive look and the decades of durability that this rot-resistant wood promises.
There are many benefits to constructing your raised bed with Juniper lumber. Restoration Juniper is long-lasting, beautiful, and chemical-free lumber that supports family-run mills committed to restoring Northwest ecosystems. Juniper lasts much longer than cedar or redwood, up to 50 years or more in ground contact applications because of its naturally high oil content that is decay and rot resistant.
It is genuinely not a good idea to use treated lumber, (the chemicals can leach into your soil and ultimately into your vegetables), so Juniper is a good choice for the environment AND your health.
Let’s take a look at what is required to build a 4-foot by 4-foot raised bed out of Juniper boards...