You can stroll into any lumber yard in the Northwest and walk out with a load of pine, fir, cedar, or maple wood. Ask for juniper, though, and you’ll probably get a blank look. But that may change. Juniper trees have overpopulated eastern Oregon, and scientists say they're sucking the high desert dry.
A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper.
When you walk into Kendall Derby’s mill, the first thing you notice is the smell. It’s sharp and evergreen. Like the high desert after it rains.