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Ashe's juniper was named in honor or William Willard Ashe (1872-1932) who was a pioneer forester of the U.S. Forest Service and collected a specimen of this plant in Arkansas. The wood of Juniperus ashei is often used for fence posts due to its durability and resistance to rot. The peeling strips of bark from Ashe's juniper are used by birds for nesting material, most notably the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. This plant is known colloquially as “cedar” throughout much of its range and is a source of agony for many allergy-sufferers when its pollen is released during the winter months.