Western Juniper makes a fantastic looking custom cabinet, and at the same time harvesting Oregon’s prolific tree may save the water table and the Sage Grouse.
And this week Oregon juniper advocates secured a sizeable 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.”
Unlike the Himalayn Blackberry and English Ivy, Western Juniper is not an invader from another continent. But it is just as invasive and just as potentially harmful to the rapidly shrinking Eastern Oregon water table. The trees also provide increased cover for predators to the Sage Grouse. The bird is accustomed to more of an open prairie eco-system, so it’s at a distinct disadvantage to predators like coyotes who—thanks to the Juniper—have more hiding places to sneak up on the Grouse.
Here’s a recent video on the subject produced by our friend, independent video producer, Jeff Gustin: