Furniture design is an art form. And thanks to the Neil Kelly Cabinet Company, a group of health care professionals in Alaska is about to get a conference table that is a work of art. And—it’s helping the Central Oregon environment.
How could a piece of furniture be one of the largest conference tables you’ve ever seen AND help the environment? Well, we’re glad you asked.
This massive table—it will seat more than 24 people—was commissioned by the Moda Health Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Much of the table is made from western juniper sourced from grassland restoration projects in Central and Eastern Oregon’s high desert.
You see, juniper is a native Oregon species—but it is an invasive native species. A side effect of our ability to control wildfires is that juniper has spread, well, like wildfire. It’s crowding out native grasslands, threatening the sage grouse and sucking the fragile water table dry.
Juniper is really an inspiring wood—it’s strong, moisture and bug resistant, and has beautiful markings. It’s so resistant that planter boxes made from juniper can last 50 years, unlike cedar.