November 23, 2020

Sustainable Wood Stories: Women in Sustainable Building

By Lynn Morgan

As part of Sustainable Building Week, Sustainable Northwest Wood presents our next Sustainable Wood Story focused on Women in the Sustainable Building Industry.

Women represent less than 10% of the overall workforce in the construction industry, and only 3.4% in the trades.  In general, women are paid only 81% of the salaries of their male counterparts, but in construction, salaries are much more equal.  Companies are recognizing the benefits of a diverse workforce and the potential for women to have a positive impact in the building industry is tremendous.  Our panel of speakers will feature a variety of perspectives from some incredible female leaders bringing their passion, expertise, and tenacity to a career focused on creating a better world for us all.


Esther Forbyn – Esther Forbyn LLC

Chelsea Acker – Green Hammer Design-Build

Brenda Gaynor – Oregon Tradeswomen

November 02, 2020

Sustainable Wood Stories: Oregon White Oak

By Lynn Morgan

Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana) is an emblematic tree in the Willamette Valley.  With its beautiful furrowed bark and distinct iconic shape, this member of the Beech family has thick, glossy leaves that provide the perfect amount of shade on hot summer days.  Sadly, several human and environmental impacts have reduced the Oregon White Oak range to less than 5% of its historic geographic territory but working forests and restoration efforts are underway to counteract that decline.

Join us for this virtual Sustainable Wood Story where our panel of speakers will provide an overview of Oregon White Oak’s historic range, its place in the ecosystem, the factors leading to its decline, how forest managers and mills apply the “working forest” concept, an Oregon White Oak habitat restoration initiative, and how architects & designers in our region are learning to better utilize this beautiful, local hardwood on future projects.  

October 28, 2020

Western Juniper - Sustaining Oregon Communities

By Lynn Morgan

Western Juniper - Sustaining Oregon Communities

The first in a series of virtual events, Sustainable NW Wood is hosting Sustainable Wood Stories featuring the unique qualities of Pacific NW wood species, their origins, customer projects, local suppliers, environmental challenges facing our society,  and methods our industry is using to address them. 

Western Juniper lumber is gaining a reputation with gardeners, landscape architects and contractors for its natural rot resistance, durability, and rustic beauty. Eastern Oregonians live in the midst of encroaching forests of ‘native-invasive’ Juniper, which has taken over much of the rangeland ecosystems due to decades of fire suppression. In an already arid climate, this thirsty tree has displaced the habitat of the threatened Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Responsible removal of Juniper is helping restore the grasslands, returning water to important tributary streams, improving habitat for wildlife and humans alike, and simultaneously providing economic opportunities for both rural and urban Oregonians.

Juniper lumber is being harvested by a dozen small, family-owned sawmills in Eastern Oregon and finds its way to our lumberyard in SE Portland by the truckload on a regular basis.  The Sustainable Northwest Wood team is honored to be a bridge between our rural and urban communities,  between ecosystems and the built environment, and to provide a service to those in need of ways to nourish and sustain their families in these challenging times.

Come hear stories from (in order of appearance)

  • Dr Tony Svejcar, Ph.D. -  Rangeland Ecologist, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center  (1:48 - 13:15)
  • Herb Winters - Gilliam Soil & Water Conservation District  (13:39 - 16:20)
  • Damon Brosnan - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (16:20-23:15)
  • Chris Gannon -  Crooked River Watershed Council  (23:30 - 29:50)
  • Jim Epley - owner of JNB Sawmill, Wheeler Counter Oregon (30.03 - 33:22)
  • Levi Littrell - owner Levi's Sawmill Services, La Pine, Oregon  (33:29 - 43:00)
  • Jennifer Hake -  homeowner & Juniper enthusiast Beaverton, Oregon (44:00 - 50:43
  • Jim Desmond - The Nature Conservancy - Portland, Oregon  (51:05 - 58:31)
  • Moderator:  Terry Campbell, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Portland OR