The Western Juniper Commercialization Steering Committee is an ad hoc group formed to pursue and coordinate activities related to commercializing western juniper. It had its origins in a well-attended 1993 "Juniper Forum" in Bend, Oregon. The organizers of the Forum set a goal of 50 participants, but knew they were on to something when over 150 registered.
Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) and western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) are closely related. Although commonly called a cedar, eastern redcedar is in fact a juniper. On a microscopic level, you cannot tell the two apart.
This is the first in a series of management/science articles which will attempt to address commonly-asked questions, such as: "Will there be more water if all junipers are cut down?" "How much water does a juniper use?", and "What harvest guidelines will achieve best results?"