SALEM — The battle against junipers would get a $9 million boost in seven Oregon counties under a bill intended to protect scarce water from the notoriously thirsty rangeland trees.

Under House Bill 3142, juniper removal grants ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million would be directed to soil and water conservation districts in Crook, Jefferson, Klamath, Deschutes, Harney, Lake and Wheeler counties.

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