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Western juniper is a species recently documented as “invading” the grassland sagebrush steepe. It has been estimated to increased by a factor of ten in the last 130 years. Management practices such as fire suppression and grazing have been implicated as the primary factors responsible for this expansion. The expansion of junipers has reduced the sagebrush steepe habitat and associated wildlife communities, and it is also theorized to cause a reduction in ground water recharge and decreased waters supply to springs and streams.

Panorama taken October, 2002

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Todd Sloat kneels by a young juniper.