Eastern Redcedar Workshop: Turning Trash to Treasure

Can eastern redcedar really be a treasure? Indeed. There are people across Oklahoma cutting and using it for furniture, fences, gates, cabinets, countertops, decking, closets, mantels, cabins, beams, oil and more. But the eastern redcedar market tends to be sporadic. Landowners often don’t realize the value of this tree and can have a hard time connecting with people that want to use redcedar for these various products; and wood processing mills find it difficult to keep their mills supplied with redcedar logs.

To help with this challenge, a workshop will be hosted by Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (OFS) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) on May 18, 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. “The workshop will inform landowners of opportunities as well connecting them with harvesters and producers of eastern redcedar products,” said Erin Johnson, OFS Staff Forester. “Ultimately, we hope to stimulate the eastern redcedar market by making Oklahomans more aware of the economic value of this tree that is often considered a nuisance.”

There will be exhibitors with displays of Made in Oklahoma eastern redcedar products as well as field demonstrations of harvesting and milling equipment. The workshop will provide information on the proper equipment to use, how to cut eastern redcedar for the market, managing land for alternative products, chainsaw safety and eastern redcedar utilization options.

“This will be a great opportunity for landowners with eastern redcedar to network with other landowners, harvesters and producers that are interested in utilizing the redcedar wood they have available on their lands” said Craig McKinley, OSU Extension Forester.

Registration for this workshop is only $25 which includes lunch and a second person can come for only $15. For more information on this event, visit www.forestry.ok.gov or contact Craig McKinley, OSU Extension Forester at 405-744-8065.