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Western juniper available in more states

Western juniper, marketed and sold as a sustainably-harvested wood in Oregon for nearly three years, will be available in Washington, California and Idaho, according to a group promoting its use.

Western juniper is a tree native to central and eastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho and Northern California and has overtaken rangeland and critical habitat in recent decades due to fire suppression efforts. The wood is good for furniture, cabinetry, flooring and decking, according to the Western Juniper Alliance.

The non-profit Sustainable Northwest is managing the effort to harvest and sell the wood.

“Western Juniper is well-known for its durability and natural beauty, but until 2013, the market for the wood was non-existent,” Sustainable Northwest policy director Dylan Kruse said in a statement. “Our success in Oregon has allowed us to launch a campaign to expand further into the West, and is a demonstration of how valuable the wood has become for both commercial and residential uses.”

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