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Oregon juniper wood is the secret ingredient in new gin from Sweden

Oregon juniper wood is the secret ingredient in new gin from Sweden

For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.

A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with juniper fence posts and juniper cabinets and juniper shavings for pet bedding.

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Women of the woods: Inside Berkeley’s forestry program

Women of the woods: Inside Berkeley’s forestry program

“Go bears! Get low! Quicker pulls! Almost there!” Wood chips fly and cheers fill the air as seniors Madeline Green and Allison Erny take turns pulling a long, jagged saw back and forth across a log. They are trying to cut a cookie (a round slice of wood) as fast as they can. To their right, Justine Zeni, one of Cal Logging Sports’ three captains, gears up her chainsaw.

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Going off the grid in northern Finland, community installs wood gas power plant

Going off the grid in northern Finland, community installs wood gas power plant

A northern community in Finland has not only gone off the grid – it’s never been on it. Why Kempele ecovillage could be the prototype neighbourhood for future northern green communities. You would never know anything is different about this neighbourhood as the sun rises over frosted rooftops, lighting up the toy-filled lawns and bouncing off of curtained windows.

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BLM, Forest Service workers under attack in the West

BLM, Forest Service workers under attack in the West

Mark Brunk and Tim Rinehart were on a routine patrol in Arizona’s Happy Camp Canyon when a man in a pickup roared past their Bureau of Land Management trucks, leaning out his window and angrily flipping them off. The law enforcement rangers pulled over and got out their binoculars to watch him.

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