Last month The Joinery hosted an evening for commercial partners to celebrate Oregon Oak. This tree’s unique characteristics have led to a surge in demand for products ranging from furniture to whiskey. (Yes, whiskey!) Thankfully, this return in popularity is also accompanied by a renewed focus on forest restoration. After steady declines from what was once an oak savannah across the Willamette Valley, our dedicated forestry partners are going to inspirational heights to restore Oregon Oak’s vitality.
Our forestry partners Zena Forest Products and Hyla Woods were on hand to discuss their dedicated efforts to restore the species. The event also featured custom cocktails from Bull Run Distillery (which utilizes Oregon Oak barrels in the aging process of some of its whiskeys), Raft syrups served in Vitreluxe Oak Stump cups, paired with specialty Missionary Chocolates and a selection of appetizers from Mian PDX featuring Canopy and Understory’s salal berry spreads made from the iconic salal plant, native to Pacific Northwest forests and known both for its nutrient-rich berries as well as its beautiful green foliage.
Below are just a few of the highlights from the event. We look forward to continuing the restoration efforts through support of our forestry partners, Oregon Oak products and other byproducts of responsible forestry, and volunteer opportunities.