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Western Juniper Industry Fund

Western Juniper is a native tree known for its durability, is impervious to rot and disease, and is a great alternative to cedar and redwood use in buildings. More than 100 years of fire suppression and past rangeland activity has allowed the Juniper to overtake upwards of 9 million acres of rangelands, using up water and destroying habitat for wildlife.

In 2013, the Western Juniper Alliance (WJA) began implementation of an initiative working toward a sustainable way to manage the spread of invasive Western Juniper and grow the market as a way to support and create new business opportunities. Removing the invasive juniper improves the ecosystem and creates much-needed jobs in rural communities.

In the 2015 Legislative Session, the Oregon Legislature approved $500,000 to establish the Western Juniper Industry Fund managed by Business Oregon. The fund's purpose is to provide economic development assistance to Oregon businesses engaged in harvesting or manufacturing products from Western Juniper.

This program ended on June 30, 2017, and is no longer making loans.