Why are Douglas-fir cones falling when they're still green?

Something is causing green Douglas-fir cones to fall from the trees before they are ripe. And, the cones are getting piled up into mounds. Who’s doing this?

Gin made from central Oregon's western junipers

Did you know that small distilleries are springing up in central Oregon to produce gin from the "berries" of locally abundant western junipers?

What is a bract on a cone?

What are those "mousetails" sticking out from Douglas-fir cones? They are called "bracts." Learn about bracts here.