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Twisted old Juniper trees can make for a pretty photograph, but they don’t have a lot of commercial uses. And that can be a problem because there are a lot of juniper trees in Eastern Oregon, taking up space and water, and changing the habitat for species like the sage-grouse.

We talk to Dylan Kruse, coordinator of the Western Juniper Alliance, and Gerard LaBrecque, who mills juniper at Joseph’s Juniper Inc. about how several bills before the Oregon Legislature would affect the juniper market.