Welcome to the first issue of the Western Juniper Newsletter! The purpose of the newsletter is to:
- Disseminate management, processing, and marketing information;
- Expedite contacts between buyers and suppliers of raw and finished juniper products;
- Build a database of contacts and capabilities for landowner, land manager, and industry use.
The newsletter is being mailed initially to nearly 400 individuals and organizations, taken from the "western juniper" database maintained by OSU Extension Service. Readers will be about evenly split between private landowners and ranchers, public land managers and scientists, and the wood products industry. Each issue will have short articles about management and science, harvest, primary and secondary processing, and marketing and product development, There will also be a "Marketplace" section where buyers and suppliers can post product availability and needs.
There is sufficient funding for only four issues, scheduled about six months apart. We are exploring a small subscription charge ($10/yr.) and advertising to continue the newsletter after Oregon lottery dollars and other government subsidies run out. Let us know what you think. We appreciate feedback about newsletter format and content, suggestions for articles, and ways to improve contacts between various interests.